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Jan 12, 2015 12:51 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

UPDATE: SUNY Board Approves Southampton, Stony Brook University Hospital Affiliation

Jan 14, 2015 1:59 PM

UPDATE: Tuesday, 12:35 p.m.

Within an hour of the SUNY board approving the Southampton-Stony Brook affiliation, New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle and State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. both lent their thoughts on the deal.

In a conference call, Mr. LaValle and Mr. Thiele both said that while working to gain the approval was practically “a full-time job,” they were encouraged by the opportunities the affiliation would bring to the East End in terms of health care, the local economy and education in the medical field.

“This is like waving a wand. You’ll be seeing a development of medical parks and more physicians,” Mr. LaValle said. “It will be a job creator, bringing specialized medical care to the area.”

“The East End has always been described as a medically under-served area,” Mr. Thiele said. “Health care is a big part of the economy. This is going to mean jobs.”

The lawmakers each said that the affiliation between Southampton and Stony Brook would also be beneficial for the SUNY Southampton campus in Shinnecock Hills, as more medical-based graduate programs would be brought there because of its close proximity to the hospital on Meeting House Lane. With that in mind, Mr. Thiele added that Southampton Hospital would also have a bigger pool of potential employees to choose from when hiring, as graduates would already be familiar with the hospital and will most likely have had work experience there while getting their degrees.

UPDATE: Tuesday, 11:25 a.m.

The Board of Trustees of the State University of New York unanimously approved on Tuesday an affiliation agreement between Southampton and Stony Brook University hospitals.

The agreement was approved by SUNY on the conditions that neither hospital shall request funding from SUNY or New York State for capital improvements, that Stony Brook would establish cash reserves to cover all liabilities at Southampton, and that Stony Brook developed a comprehensive implementation plan for the integration of the two institutions.

While many members of the 18-person board remained silent when offered the opportunity to comment, trustee Eunice A. Lewin said that her view of the affiliation has changed a great deal over the last few months.

At the very beginning of the affiliation discussion, I was very concerned,” Ms. Lewin said, adding that when she visted Southampton Hospital for the first time, she was “pleasantly surprised.” “I believe this affiliation will strengthen both institutions. I am pleased to move the resolution forward”

Next up, the hospitals have to submit for a certificate of need from the State Department of Health, and other state agencies such as the attorney general and the state comptroller have to approve the affiliation as well.

Original Story

A Board of Trustees of the State University of New York committee unanimously approved on Monday a long-awaited affiliation between Southampton and Stony Brook University hospitals, setting a positive precedent for a vote by the board set to take place Tuesday afternoon.

SUNY’s Academic Medical Centers and Hospitals Committee voted unanimously at the request of committee Chairman John Murad to approve the affiliation, something SUNY has put off for several months. The committee provides oversight and recommendations to the SUNY board on all of the system’s health professions education and health delivery.

The 18-member SUNY board is set to vote on the affiliation Tuesday afternoon.

When reached by phone Monday afternoon, Southampton Hospital President and CEO Robert Chaloner said that the committee’s approval proved to be a positive sign that the SUNY board will also approve the affiliation on Tuesday.

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Great news!
By Mrs.Sea (268), Sag Harbor on Jan 12, 15 1:03 PM
Bravo! This will help bring SH Hospital into the 21st Century and, hopefully, a medical affiliation with the university in Southampton, too. Well done, Bob Chaloner! You'll get a SH Press Gold Star for your good work and sincere thanks from our community, too. As GE used to say, you "Bring Good Things to Life". Thank you.
By Dodger (161), Southampton Village on Jan 12, 15 1:22 PM
This is wonderful news for the East End!!
By nauti lady (25), Sag Harbor on Jan 12, 15 1:34 PM
Hoping this goes well and the devil isn't in the details.
By Hamptonsseashell (359), on Jan 12, 15 2:06 PM
I agree with you. On the surface this appears to look good. But unfortunately, healthcare is big business. It manages money, not the well being of the community. This has been shown with other mergers across the country and especially here on Long Island. I am skeptical but it appears we have no choice in the matter. We can only hope for the best.
By Long Island Viking (28), Southampton on Jan 16, 15 11:02 AM
Long overdue. Let's hope it gets done.
By Ibill (47), remsenburg on Jan 12, 15 2:24 PM
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By btdt (449), water mill on Jan 12, 15 2:34 PM
ten years overdue
By westhamptonboy (227), Westhampton on Jan 12, 15 3:15 PM
Yes this does seem like good news. Perhaps a step toward abandoning their aging facility and moving into a new one on the SUNY Southampton campus. I also understand that the Stony Brook system has stiffer academic requirements for some staff and administration. It will be interesting to see how this will be handled. Will staff and administration that don't meet SUNY SB's requirements be grandfathered in, given a grace period to upgrade their skills or asked to move on. I would hope that anyone who ...more
By bird (829), Southampton on Jan 12, 15 4:13 PM
ANYTHING and I mean ANYTHING that can improve that facility is long overdue. My family's care there over the years has been in a word FRIGHTING. I can never understand how the only major hospital serving, what many think are, Zipcodes that are among the " Tonenss" in the country continues to exist just above bankruptcy. It can only be a testament to the sad state of the communities they serve and over healthcare system.
By Father of 4 (4), Hampton Bays on Jan 12, 15 7:51 PM
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If you live in Hampton Bays and are so unhappy with Southampton, why don't you take your family to Peconic in Riverhead?
By Mrs.Sea (268), Sag Harbor on Jan 13, 15 11:49 AM
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Well Peconic is a better hospital,so good suggestion Mrs. Sea.
By dnice (2346), Hampton Bays on Jan 13, 15 2:59 PM
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By Father of 4 (4), Hampton Bays on Jan 12, 15 8:00 PM
my experience as a patient in Southampton Hospital has always been top notch. My doctors are wonderful, the care received there from the nursing staff is outstanding, and the food is terrific. I am very grateful our hospital is as wonderful as it is.
By Fabiola (11), Southampton on Jan 13, 15 2:22 PM
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Let me get this straight. The East End is medically underserved -- yet Newsday claims that Stony Brook is going to close 25 beds of the 125 beds at Southampton Hospital because the hospital is "underutilized." And....Stony Brook is claiming it will build a $225M hospital on its Southampton Campus. Why? If the current hospital is underutilized and needs to close down 25 beds, why build a new one, which wil only hold 100 beds, yet cost $225M?
By btdt (449), water mill on Jan 13, 15 11:22 PM
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btdt of Water Mill: It seems you have a lot of questions and I would be happy to answer them all for you. Why don't you give me a call at 726-8276 or come and visit me and I will be happy to explain all this to you and answer your numerous questions. At least you will know the facts and might stop writing incorrect and misleading statements.

Robert I Ross
Vice President
Southampton Hospital
By Robert I Ross (250), Hampton Bays on Jan 14, 15 8:57 AM
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from my perspective it looks like he is asking very reasonable questions.
fantastic that you are ready & willing to answer ..

sounds like a story!
boy is wish THIS Publication would call you AND WRITE IT !
By david h (405), southampton on Jan 16, 15 8:16 AM
Do we really need to spend 250 million for a hospital? The cost of health care is skyrocketing double digits every year with no controls. Personally my medical has more than tripled since Obama care has been implemented.
This is a nice little scheme where Southampton merges with Stony Brook, and the state foots the bill of a huge hospital at the old Southampton campus. We need to get expenses under control not some egotistical building to raise costs even more. Sure Mr Ross tell us the financial ...more
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Jan 15, 15 8:04 AM
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Great news! The fact of the matter is that none of the funding will come from NY State. With a large part of the hospital facilities dating back to the 1930s - the singular hospital serving the entire South Fork of Long Island deserves to be updated and we deserve to receive care from a top-notch medical center. Thanks to the hospital administration for seeing this through. The positive impact will be felt for generations.
By KevinLuss (356), SH on Jan 15, 15 2:02 PM