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Aug 30, 2011 4:17 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Stony Brook Southampton Lawsuit Settlement Paves Way For Possible Talks On Hospital Move

Sep 6, 2011 3:24 PM

Mr. Chaloner said he envisions a new hospital being approximately 85,000 square feet, slightly larger than the current building, which he said is about 80,000 square feet, but the layout would be greatly different, with less inpatient space and more space for outpatient care. The current hospital is designed primarily for inpatient care. But Mr. Chaloner said that is an outmoded layout now, with more procedures being performed on an ambulatory basis and fewer on an inpatient basis, despite the number of surgeries increasing.

Cataract procedures, for example, used to mean a patient could expect to stay in the hospital for a week. Now, it’s more of an in-and-out procedure that takes about 15 minutes. With an aging population on the East End, however, Southampton Hospital sees more cataract surgeries today than it did 30 years ago, he said.

Changing health care consumer preferences and infection-control concerns have also led to a demand for single-patient rooms over the traditional double-patient, or “semi-private,” rooms, he said, and its “vintage 1965” operating rooms are too small.

The Stony Brook Southampton campus presents a rare chance to modernize the hospital while staying roughly centered on the East End that it serves, he said. When the current hospital was founded in the village in the 1900s, it was surrounded by potato fields. Today, homes have popped up around the hospital, and residents must deal with the commotion of the hospital and parking concerns, among others. Moving too far east or west, however, would inconvenience many residents, he said. And waterfront locations are not ideal for hospitals because of their expense and likelihood of storm damage.

State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr., an alumnus of then-named Southampton College, said on Friday that he is “very optimistic” about a deal being reached and said he views the hospital as an anchor for Stony Brook Southampton to ensure the school’s fate is never in jeopardy again.

“It’s a winner for the hospital because certainly the community needs a state-of-the-art, up-to-date hospital,” Mr. Thiele said, adding that the college will benefit from an influx of health care education opportunities.

A key issue for Mr. Thiele is the form of governance that would not allow the hospital to be “swallowed whole” by the university.

“We want to do the right thing,” Mr. Chaloner said. “And we think there’s a lot about this proposal that looks like it would be the right thing, but we need to vet all of that out. It’s not something that’s going to happen quickly.”

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Pie in the sky.

The hospital would not be a good addition to the college campus. Hospitals attract a lot of traffic. Huge parking lots. Sirens. Emergency vehicles. A lot a patients from all walks of life. That campus isn't that large. It would be turned pretty urban by adding a hospital.

Besides, there are no college students there now, so ... what college are we talking about? First get a few thousand students, and THEN talk about a med campus.

Put it at the Elks Lodge ...more
By Mr Suffolk (113), Twin Forks on Sep 2, 11 11:03 PM
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"The loss of the environmental sustainability programs last year—a decision blamed on significant state budget cuts—drove hundreds of students off the campus." But now they suddenly can afford to have students there for hospital programs? There wasnt money to run the thriving environmental programs but theres money to run healthcare programs? Seems to me it wasnt the students they wanted to get rid of - it was the program.
By ts (71), southampton on Sep 4, 11 2:42 AM
what I dont get is the frequent references to the campus' environmental knowledge & expertise. Didnt anybody tell Chaloner that all this valuable expertise was kicked off that camus last year? It is really that these administrators honestly dont see the contradiction of their comments in view of the events there over the past year, or is it just sheer audacity that they keep pointing out the importance of environmental focus at that campus after theyve killed off everything that had to do with ...more
By ts (71), southampton on Sep 4, 11 2:37 AM
Not to mention SUNY Stony Brook @ Songdo, Korea, opening March 2012
By Hamptons Seashell (34), Southampton on Sep 4, 11 3:18 PM
This is all a wild fantasy.
By Zorro (66), Southampton on Sep 7, 11 11:12 PM