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Apr 17, 2012 5:41 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Hospital And Stony Brook University Continue Talks On Hospital Move To Campus

May 23, 2012 10:01 AM

State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle did not return a request for comment, but is said to support the idea.

Mr. Thiele said that talks remain on a positive track. Offering a breakdown on the concerns of each side, he said that the hospital is looking to enter into an agreement with Stony Brook that will allow it to keep some local control, while the university does not want to have the hospital on its property and then enter into an agreement with another hospital group in the future.

He said the establishment of a health care industry curriculum at Southampton could help make the recruitment and retention of health care professionals and workers to the East End easier.

The college campus currently houses graduate-level programs in marine science, writing and arts education. Robert Reeves, the longtime director of the university’s graduate writing program, said he has a vision for Stony Brook Southampton that includes the development of a world-class graduate arts campus. A new graduate program in digital film will also be announced soon, he said.

“We welcome the presence of a community hospital, as well as important health education programs, which are not only compatible with this vision for creative arts and marine science, but will open up opportunities for innovative partnerships between medicine and the humanities, while bringing an infusion of necessary resources to the campus,” Mr. Reeves wrote in an email. “Taken together, these programs suggest a very bright future for a campus so important to our community.”

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Question: Is Fred Thiele the only acceptable opinion regarding this subject
matter??
By East Ender (64), Southampton on May 28, 12 9:55 AM
Hmmm I guess I've been in a cave--first I've heard of this. Move the hospital out of the village, to the college...seems this would entail quite a bit of new construction on environmentally delicate land, adjacent to numerous archeologically sensitive sites. With the academic side of this coin being to offer a medical ethics curriculum? Guess they are planning to keep talking for a decade or two-it will certainly take at least that long to bring this one to fruition.
By M. O'Connor (147), Southampton on May 29, 12 7:28 AM