New Hospital Planned on Stony Brook Southampton Campus

Letter of intent calls for Southampton Hospital to join the Stony Brook Medicine health care system, and for a new 125-bed facility for Southampton.

Southampton Hospital will soon enter into a philanthropic campaign to build a new 125-bed facility at Stony Brook University's Southampton campus under a tentative agreement that will put the hospital under Stony Brook University Medical Center's state operating license.

The new facility will replace the hospital's current home in Southampton Village on Meeting House Lane, which opened in 1909. The two hospitals have had an affiliation since 2008, but the proposed agreement puts Southampton Hospital in the Stony Brook Medicine healthcare system.

Kenneth Kaushansky, M.D., the dean of the Stony Brook University School of Medicine, said that the closer ties will help both hospitals step up their level of care. "It also helps both facilities prepare for healthcare reform by cultivating a broader, stronger network of hospitals and healthcare providers to improve efficiency, control costs and better coordinate care across Suffolk County,” Kaushansky is quoted as saying in a joint statement from the hospitals.

Southampton Hospital President Robert Chaloner also lauded the news.

"It will create tremendous potential to build new facilities, create new healthcare job opportunities and expand clinical services on the South Fork, and at the same time help Stony Brook build a strong Suffolk County-based health system and advance its regional educational and clinical mission,” Chaloner said.

Southampton Hospital is slated to lead the fundraising campaign for the new facility at Stony Brook Southampton, where the hospitals say there will be expanded educational opportunities and the potential for more health care services, jobs and economic development on the East End.

"Southampton Hospital can provide a valuable teaching and research environment for Stony Brook University students, contributing highly trained healthcare professionals to meet the East End’s needs as the population grows and ages,” said Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D.

New York State Assemblyman Fred Thiele Jr., whose district includes the South Fork, said that a new facility at Stony Brook Southampton will be another building block toward in revitalizing the campus. "Together with a growing Arts program, the new $10 million Marine Sciences facility, and the establishment of the Peconic Institute, a new hospital would be a major step towards having the Southampton campus reach its educational potential," he said.

The plans were announced in a statement to the media late Sunday night, and they will be formally unveiled in Southampton Monday morning.

The hospitals will now enter into a "due diligence phase," exchanging financial, business and legal information, and before the deal can be finalized, various state regulatory and legislative authorities need to give their approval, as well as the Southampton Hospital Board of Trustees, according to the statement.

Under the plan, Southampton Hospital employees would remain private sector employees, and the joint statement says that they would retain their collective bargaining rights.

Robert E Davis October 01, 2012 at 10:52 AM
Thats just great. What about those living east of Southampton that already have to travel upwards of 30+ miles one way to get to the current facility. What are you going to do for us? Especially the ambulance squads that already have 1.5 to 2.0 hours or more to do round trip emerbency runs?
Stinker October 01, 2012 at 11:00 AM
Robert - now you travel 30.4 Miles. Unfortunately for you this is actually a community hospital. Had you saved a little more loot in your childhood you could buy your own hospital and live right in it! Man would you have some wicked water pressure. But I hear you, the least they could have done is given you a personal phone call and asked your opinion.
Dave Weaver October 01, 2012 at 11:28 AM
Bob: You are exactly right. We need the hospital to be furthwer east not further west. Especially not 7 miles further west. That move could easily add another 10 minutes to get the patient that we are doing CPR on to the hospital.
Jaguar-Guy October 01, 2012 at 11:37 AM
Dave and Robert - I agree. We have family in Montauk and the ride - even with sirens whaling must seen like forever. We have a hospital in SH, and are not in need of another. Perhaps they think the building and space suitable for such an undertaking ??
Jerry Can October 01, 2012 at 01:14 PM
Seems like most critical cases these days get medivac-ed to SBMC anyway these days. I agree that a hospital out East would suite residents further out East more, but then those further out West would lose some as well. Are there affordable parcels of land available? If you are coming from Montauk the extra distance to the campus is not that great. Same for the ambulance crews. Of course its not the distance so much as the traffic conditions that will impact the travel time.
Rose Way October 01, 2012 at 01:43 PM
Wonderful news! The net result should be a modern hospital with the essential life-saving services that we can only get by helicopter to Stony Brook today. A trauma center, a cardiac-cath center, MRI, etc. should be part of the plans. Now...who's going to pay for it?
Meadow Lane October 01, 2012 at 01:45 PM
It's time to institute helicopter service from the far eastern locations for urgent care needs. Otherwise, you don't need to rush to get there.
JIM MARQUARDT October 01, 2012 at 02:23 PM
What's wrong with using the present facility, perhaps expanding it? Why spend millions for a new hospital? What happens to the old building if the move takes place?
Jerry Can October 01, 2012 at 03:49 PM
I'm sure they will find a use for it...Correction facility, Section 8 housing I'm sure suffolk county could find plenty of uses for it...They love SH.
Dan Elton October 01, 2012 at 09:09 PM
I wonder how long this transition will take. Judging by the speed the gov't usually gets things done around here, I'd say 10-20 years. So it's no wonder they don't have plans for what will happen to the old hospital yet..
Megan October 02, 2012 at 07:56 PM
Stinker, You obviously do not live in a community east of the hospital. And your sarcasm is not only insulting but ill-conceived. If you haven't anything constructive to say, please keep your hatred to your self. On another note, I am also concerned about the added distance and propose that Dr. George Dempsey joins with Stony Brook to perhaps make his walk-in clinic on Pantigo Road a full service 24/7 emergency room? Just an idea.
christie nicolle October 03, 2012 at 12:55 AM
Megan, thanks for calling out the stench, a.k.a Stinker; not only is this pig full of sarcasm, he uses multiple names online, + his hatred spills out even toward the Jews... in a recent article on Jewish holy day, he insults the Jews for spelling God differently + called them "those people"...Yet, none of the big mouth posters said a word! Last week this stench claimed he was done posting till after election -- the creep was back on next day!
Squeaky October 03, 2012 at 12:51 PM
Stinker is right! Its not like its being moved to Riverhead. Its , what, a mile and a half west???? Some people just need to complain.
Squeaky October 03, 2012 at 12:52 PM
Its not 7 miles west....check your map.
Squeaky October 03, 2012 at 12:53 PM
doing anything if you live in Montauk will take forever...what can you expect?
THE SOCIAL WORKER October 09, 2012 at 10:13 PM
we will take good care of you and better us then LIJ takeover


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