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Apr 25, 2017 3:29 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Stony Brook, Southampton Hospital Merger Could Be Finalized This Summer

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Apr 25, 2017 3:55 PM

Southampton Hospital officials expect a highly anticipated merger with Stony Brook University Hospital to be finalized within the next few months.

Robert Chaloner, Southampton Hospital’s president and CEO, said on Tuesday that the state’s regulatory staff has finally signed off on the proposed merger, and now there is only one more step—a court-filing process—before final approval.

“We expect that will go smoothly,” he said. “We are hopeful that, within the next two to three months, we’ll be able to finally consummate the deal.”

The proposed merger would place Southampton Hospital, which eventually intends to build a new facility on the grounds of Stony Brook Southampton in Shinnecock Hills, entirely under Stony Brook’s operating license while still preserving the community aspect of the hospital.

The potential merger has been discussed for more than nine years, much longer than it typically takes for two medical centers to form a partnership. Last month, Mr. Chaloner ventured that the process has taken longer because Stony Brook University Hospital is not a privately run medical center, meaning that state officials are thoroughly reviewing the merger application.

“The benefit of having taken so much time in the approval process [is] that our people have gotten to know and like each other, that we are both working together as a team,” Mr. Chaloner said. “I think that bodes really well for the success of the collaboration of the two hospitals.”

For now, Mr. Chaloner said Southampton Hospital officials are working on opening a cardiac catheterization lab, or cath lab, by this summer in the Southampton Village hospital’s Audrey and Martin Gruss Heart and Stroke Center. Cardiac cath labs allow doctors to place stents in a patient’s cardiovascular system to open blocked passageways and perform other related life-saving procedures that require specific staffing, software and equipment.

The hospital also is working on opening up a new cancer center, Mr. Chaloner said, and a groundbreaking is expected within a month.

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This is the merger of two very low rate hospitals. Kinda like two garbage trucks colliding.
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Apr 27, 17 9:07 PM
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Once again you shoot off your mouth out of ignorance, but readers here are certainly used to it. US News and World Report rates Stony Brook at 19 out of 222 Hospitals in the New York Metro area. Southampton is unrated due to its size but will certainly continue to benefit from a merger as it has with the current cooperative agreements.
By VOS (1241), WHB on Apr 28, 17 4:29 PM
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By CollegeEducated (1), Hampton Bays on Apr 30, 17 5:31 PM
Hopefully health insurance companies that don't provide coverage for Stonybrook but do for Southampton will continue to do so after the merger
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Apr 28, 17 5:57 AM
do you ever have anything positive to say. How about back up your statement with some real serious facts.
By J. Totta (106), Sag Harbor on Apr 28, 17 8:40 AM
Good opportunity to introduce some year-round employment! Hoping quality year-round rentals follow as well!
By Mouthampton (439), Southampton on Apr 28, 17 9:42 AM
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The merger of a massively publicly funded hospital system Stony Brook, a University financed by New York State government and Southampton Hospital. What percentage of Southampton Hospital revenues comes from Medicare, Medicaid and the payments from the local governments for healthcare for local teachers, police, town admin, firefighters? How about in the combination, the taxpayers who are the fundamental source of all these monies get healthcare coverage? Not crap insurance that takes a 50% markup ...more
By dfree (818), hampton bays on Apr 28, 17 1:06 PM
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You have anything else besides fictional delusions or smarmy conjecture?
By SlimeAlive (1181), Southampton on Apr 28, 17 1:24 PM
Slimy! Nice to hear from you, why so shy lately?

Yes, sometimes I have smarmy delusions and fictional conjectures. P.S. what means "conjectures"? Is that like "cojones"?
By dfree (818), hampton bays on Apr 29, 17 1:36 AM
Better check a real report like the federal govt ratings. Stony Brook is 2 stars, and New York hospitals are number 50 out of 50 states very dismal. Check it out you big mouths it's not being negative it's a reality!
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Apr 29, 17 1:51 AM
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Come on vos prove I'm wrong.
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Apr 29, 17 3:37 PM
The US News annual ranking is a well tested, highly regarded, easily accessed independent source of information. This vague government rating you refer to but don't name may or may not be so well regarded, please tell us more about it because I'm sure if you endorse it, it must be the only viable source of information. I didn't realize you were such a proponent of the government-does-it-better school of thought.
By VOS (1241), WHB on Apr 29, 17 11:58 PM
LeapFrog group, a non for profit founded by employers and health care providers, announced its spring 2016 hospital safety rankings. They looked at medical errors, accidents, injuries and infections to determine grades. NY state was ranked 44 out of 50. SH Hospital was given a B rating and Stony Brook an F.
With that said combining gives the hospitals better purchasing power and leverage when dealing with insurance carriers
By razza5350 (1911), East Hampton on May 1, 17 10:39 AM
Merger talk or fact had better not ever restart b.s. about re-routing Tuckahoe Rd.
Don't even...
By PQ1 (167), hampton bays on Apr 29, 17 8:03 PM
Why not have all the currently government funded healthcare -- teachers, police, Town admin, and pensioners get together and negotiate together to have bargaining power? Allow local property tax payers to buy into this plan as well.
By dfree (818), hampton bays on May 1, 17 1:57 PM
Why the he'll do we pay for govt employees anyway?
By chief1 (2800), southampton on May 2, 17 3:46 PM
"Pay for GVT employees"?? That's nothing. We also pay for their dependents, their pension their dental and a whole slew of other benefits you can only dream of in the private sector.
By razza5350 (1911), East Hampton on May 2, 17 9:04 PM
Our whole economy is becoming warped by this silly debate. Why are we paying insurance companies to give crap coverage to government employees to have access to medical facilities, personnel and hospitals that are supported by government expenditures? What benefit do health insurance companies provide? We can get a taxi to show up by a click on a cell phone but we need insurance companies to pay their senior execs millions of dollars each year to deny benefits for fully paid customers. Sad.
By dfree (818), hampton bays on May 3, 17 7:12 AM
If you think health insurance is expensive, you should see what cancer costs.
By SlimeAlive (1181), Southampton on May 3, 17 7:33 AM
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dfree. Did you know that 80% of premiums collected must be allocated towards claims? The other 20% pays for insurance brokers, claims adjusters, administrative, clerical, back office support, mailings, billing, marketing and yes exorbitant CEO salaries.
We can go back to the good old days when people just paid for coverage at point of service, we can use insurance or we can have the Gvt run it and pay claims. Pick your poison.
Historically Insurance has been used to protect against a ...more
By razza5350 (1911), East Hampton on May 3, 17 10:22 AM
Slimy! Good to hear from you, why you been so shy lately?
Here's what cancer costs in the UK, New Zealand, Australia, Belgium, Ireland, Israel, Canada, France, and many other developed countries with great hospitals and doctors: $0.
By dfree (818), hampton bays on May 3, 17 10:23 AM
Cancer costs are 0??? Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!!! Where do they dig you people up? Try putting a 1 in front of that 0 and then add a whole lot of zeros after it. Think billions.
By razza5350 (1911), East Hampton on May 3, 17 11:28 AM
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Oh, Razza, you silly goose. You know I meant that the patient pays nothing in those countries. And before you start cackling about how much more taxpayers will have to pay consider this:. Southampton Hospital system total expenses are $140 million per year, 70% covered by Medicare and Medicaid. That leaves $42 million for local contributions, for example $5 million per year for health coverage for just the Hampton Bays school system employees alone. So when all the local schools, from Westhampton ...more
By dfree (818), hampton bays on May 4, 17 9:49 AM
I don't profess to now the inner workings of Southampton hospital's Financials and don't disagree that many aspects or our medical coverage today is socialized BUT I do know that over 25% (and growing) of the federal budget is allocated to health care and we have hundreds of billions (if not trillions) of unfunded liabilities for Medicare.
You (and employer) pay into Medicare with the hope that you make it to 65 and it will actually be there when you need it. If you do make it to 65 you will ...more
By razza5350 (1911), East Hampton on May 4, 17 10:43 AM
Razza you say the dardenest thangs: "The 2016 report of Medicare’s trustees finds that Medicare’s Hospital Insurance (HI) trust fund will remain solvent — that is, able to pay 100 percent of the costs of the hospital insurance coverage that Medicare provides — through 2028...The 2028 date does not apply to Medicare coverage for physician and outpatient costs or to the Medicare prescription drug benefit; these parts of Medicare do not face insolvency and cannot run short ...more
By dfree (818), hampton bays on May 4, 17 12:16 PM
Glad you found that report. If you read it in detail you would see that on its current path with no changes made Medicare is projected to become insolvent in 2028 2 years earlier than originally projected.
You and your employer pay into it in advance. The only thing you get for that is Swiss cheese coverage for Part A. If you reach 65 you will need part B (cost based on income about 100 per month), a Medicare supplement plan (good one is plan F about 260 per month), part D (about 50 per month ...more
By razza5350 (1911), East Hampton on May 4, 17 3:43 PM
I agree with you. Medicare and Medicaid is an inefficient, poorly organized way to provide healthcare. The local Southampton Hospital health system, both inpatient and outpatient care, has 70% of its expenses covered by Medicare and Medicaid, with local Town and school districts getting more than the rest of the cost from the portions of their budget devoted to healthcare coverage. This doesn't even include the astronomical Veterans Administration budget devoted to healthcare. Yet this country ...more
By dfree (818), hampton bays on May 5, 17 4:38 AM
Pooling payments into non for profit co ops WITH deductibles, co pays and coinsurance has been tried and has failed miserably. The start ups have taken billions of tax payer money though ACA funding and failed to pay back any of the money taken. For examples of failed co ops look no further than local carrier health republic.
What we need is true health care reform. True reform starts with reducing the cost of care and educating and incentivizing people to creating a healthier America. Something ...more
By razza5350 (1911), East Hampton on May 5, 17 9:04 AM
Trump went bankrupt twice with a gambling casino on the Jersey Shore with a Hooters inside of it. No one else has that distinction. As for pooled non profit whatever you're referring to, that's not what I propose. I propose that we take existing health plans, paid for ALREADY by taxpayers, and make them available to all taxpaying American citizens. Insurance companies go away, and we enable all American citizens to choose when and where to get health care, at zero cost. This is provided TODAY ...more
By dfree (818), hampton bays on May 5, 17 9:55 AM