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Jul 8, 2019 4:56 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Stony Brook Medicine Takes Over Eastern Long Island Hospital

Eastern Long Island Hospital was established as the first hospital in Suffolk County in 1905 and will now be referred to as Stony Brook Eastern Long Island Hospital.
Jul 9, 2019 11:21 AM

Eastern Long Island Hospital in Greenport officially joined the Stony Brook Medicine health care system on July 1.

Eastern Long Island Hospital will now be referred to as Stony Brook Eastern Long Island Hospital. Established as the first hospital in Suffolk County in 1905, the 90-bed facility will work collaboratively with Stony Brook University Hospital and Stony Brook Southampton Hospital to increase care, particularly specialized outpatient services.

The hospitals in the Stony Brook Medicine health care system are currently working together to address health care gaps for East End residents, including specialty areas such as trauma, neurology, psychiatry, gynecology, pulmonology, hematology/oncology and orthopedic services, according to a press release from Stony Brook University Hospital.

In addition, as the North Fork and Shelter Island are retirement destinations, making these communities the oldest population per capita in New York State, Stony Brook Eastern Long Island University Hospital will respond to the changing health care environment with expanded coordinated care.

While the primary service area is the North Fork and Shelter Island, Stony Brook Eastern Long Island Hospital will provide regional behavioral health programs for the greater Suffolk County area with medical-surgical services, critical care, psychiatry, and drug and alcohol detoxification and rehabilitation services. It is one of only two hospitals on Long Island providing skin cancer screenings to all inpatients through the Mollie Biggane Melanoma Foundation.

“By welcoming Eastern Long Island Hospital into the Stony Brook Medicine Hospital System, we remain on the cutting edge of health care, implementing new strategies to improve the health of the communities we serve,” said Kenneth Kaushansky, MD, MACP, senior vice president, health sciences and dean of the renaissance school of medicine at Stony Brook University. “We’ve taken many bold steps to strengthen our infrastructure across systems to promote excellence in research, education and clinical services.”

Stony Brook Medicine offers a psychiatric residency program at Stony Brook Eastern Long Island Hospital, which in turn serves as a clinical campus and training site, increasing the number of physicians, specialists, allied health professionals and nurses, Dr. Kaushansky added.

Stony Brook Medicine clinicians have staffed and assisted in the development of Eastern Long Island Hospital’s inpatient behavioral health programs, cared for patients who needed specialty care not available at Eastern Long Island Hospital, and provided support and patient transport services via Stony Brook Emergency Medical Services’ two fully equipped fly cars—first responder EMS vehicles where patients are stabilized for transport—during times of emergency.

Future plans include a telehealth program that will provide Shelter Island residents with direct access to Stony Brook Medicine specialists. Through Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, wellness services are already being offered in Greenport at the Ed and Phyllis Davis Wellness Institute adjacent to Stony Brook Eastern Long Island Hospital.

The Eastern Long Island Hospital Foundation will continue to be governed by its local board of directors and all funds raised by the foundation and auxiliary will remain local. As in the past, ELIH will make business decisions locally based on the needs of the community.

“This is an exciting time for Eastern Long Island Hospital,” said Thomas E. Murray, Jr. chairman of Stony Brook Eastern Long Island Hospital’s board of directors. “A lot of hard work has taken place, but the reward is here now—to be part of Stony Brook Medicine. Becoming part of the Stony Brook Medicine family allows us to continue our mission, offering the best possible care to our patients and community.”

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