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Stony Brook & Southampton Hospital Merger Complete

Stony Brook Southampton Hospital as viewed from the air. | courtesy photo

As of August 1, Southampton Hospital will now be known as Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, as the hospital in Southampton formally joined the Stony Brook Medicine health system, now providing care under Stony Brook University Hospital’s New York State operating license.

“Today we celebrate a unique opportunity in which academic medicine and community medicine can come together to benefit our entire region,” said Dr. Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD, President of Stony Brook University, in an Aug. 1 statement. “We will continue to build on successful collaborations achieved over the past ten years, which have already brought many new programs to the East End, including a robust number of internship and residency programs at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, and where students enrolled in graduate programs in the health sciences on the Stony Brook Southampton campus can put their training to good use as the next generation of allied health professionals to help address the shortage of providers on the East End and beyond.”

As the hospitals finalized their agreement, they have been collaborating on new services, the most critical of which is the new cardiac catheterization laboratory, part of the Audrey and Martin Gruss Heart & Stroke Center, which will be the first on Long Island to open east of Route 112. Clinical operations are scheduled to begin there on September 5. Also coming in late 2018 is the new Phillips Family Cancer Center, a facility that promises to make top-level cancer care more easily available to East End residents.

Other programs and services Stony Brook Southampton Hospital now offers as a result of the ongoing relationship include: 

  • A provisional Level 3 Trauma Center, with 24-hour coverage by emergency medicine doctors and a trauma surgeon available within 30 minutes
  • A Hybrid Operating Room with sophisticated imaging capabilities
  • Graduate Medical Education programs, including Internal Medicine, Family Medicine internship and residency programs, plus Osteopathic Medicine programs in Surgery and Transitional Year resident programs, with additional rotations planned for Emergency Medicine students and residents
  • A new cardiology practice in Southampton with Stony Brook cardiologists Travis Bench, MD, and Dhaval Patel, MD
  • A robust vascular program offered at the Audrey and Martin Gruss Heart & Stroke Center led by Stony Brook vascular surgeons
  • Access to genetic counseling for East End patients and their families;
  • Stony Brook directorship of Laboratory and Pathology.

“The future of medicine on Long Island will evolve and advance as we bring Stony Brook Medicine to Southampton, with access to specialty care, research and technology that otherwise would not have been available,” said Dr. Ken Kaushansky, MD, Senior Vice President for the Health Sciences and Dean of the Stony Brook University School of Medicine. “That includes access to the latest clinical trials and cutting-edge medicine that Stony Brook provides. And in some cases, it means faster access to lifesaving services when time is critical and patients need to be quickly transferred to a higher level of care.”

“By joining Stony Brook Medicine, the new Stony Brook Southampton Hospital has strengthened its ability to fulfill its 100-plus year mission of providing access to the highest quality healthcare for the communities it serves,”  said Stony Brook Southampton Hospital CEO Robert Chaloner. “We look forward to our elevated role as part of the Stony Brook family to bring the very best in academic medicine and patient care to the East End.”


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