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Photo/Video Op: Stony Brook Medicine Celebrates Opening of New Burn Center

Media Contact:  Stony Brook Medicine Media Relations Office, 631-444-7880

On-site contact, Melissa Weir, 631-487-4092

Stony Brook Medicine Names New Burn Unit for Greatest Supporters, Suffolk County Volunteer Firefighters Burn Center Fund

Stony Brook Medicine is celebrating the grand opening of the new Suffolk County Volunteer Firefighters Burn Center on Thursday, January 16 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception. Due to the hard work and generosity of the Suffolk County Volunteer Firefighters Burn Center Fund, a recent million dollar expansion has increased the center’s size and created an enhanced environment for patient care.

In 1978, the Suffolk County Volunteer Firefighters Burn Center Fund (SCVFBCF) formed to support their mission: helping burn victims, both civilians and firefighters, through research, education, leadership, prevention, and funding. Over the years they have purchased specialized equipment, specialized beds and burn garments, and supported rehabilitation with programs and equipment at Stony Brook University Hospital.  

With the SCVFBCF’s support and initiatives, the center has been able to relocate from the 4th floor of Stony Brook University Hospital to the 8th floor – giving patients brighter, more spacious private rooms with great views of Long Island and peaceful art work provided by Splashes of Hope. Each patient room will now also include accommodations overnight visitors who wish to stay with their loved-ones.

The Suffolk County Volunteer Firefighters Burn Center is the only designated burn care facility for the more than 1.5 million Suffolk County residents, and coordinates burn services throughout the region, and conducts training and research in burn care. 

VISUALS: Tour of the new facility, including patient rooms, nursing station, new debridement and bandaging facility, new treatment rooms, Splashes of Hope artwork, and more.   


  • John Lussa, President of Suffolk County Volunteer Firefighters Burn Center Fund
  • Eric Unhjem, Former Burn Center Patient from Shirley Plane Crash in August 2012
  • Kenneth Kaushansky, MD, Sr. VP, Health Sciences, and Dean, Stony Brook University School of Medicine
  • L. Reuven Pasternak, MD, CEO, Stony Brook University Hospital
  • Steven Sandoval, MD, Medical Director, Burn Center, Stony Brook University Hospital
  • Elected officials who have RSVP’d include: Sen. Kenneth P. LaValle, Sen. John Flanagan and Assemblyman Michael J. Fitzpatrick

  WHEN: Thursday, January 16, at 11 am

 WHERE: Stony Brook University Hospital, 101 Nicolls Road, Stony Brook, NY. Please meet staff at elevator banks for access to the 8th floor.

DIRECTIONS: LIE to Exit 62. North on Nicolls Road. Cross Nesconset Highway (Route 347). Follow Hospital signs; turn right onto Health Sciences Drive. Continue to second light and turn left onto hospital campus. Parking is available and will be validated in the parking garage or on the south side of the entrance circle near the parking attendants/gates. Valet parking cannot be validated. 



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