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PBMC’s Expanded Emergency Department Set to Open This Summer

The days are long gone when the East End’s community hospitals were small rural clinics that could splint a broken leg or stabilize an acute, life-threatening health crisis until a patient could be transported farther west. As the population here has ballooned in recent years, the demand for emergency care has also increased.  The Emergency Department at Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead saw 40,000 patients in 2023 — more than
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Suffolk County Water Authority Reacts to New Federal PFAS Standards

Pictured Above: A SCWA water main being installed in Manorville in 2023. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Wednesday, April 10 that it is setting a new, stringent standard for perfluorinated compounds in public drinking water supplies. The compounds, known collectively as PFAS, were frequently used in the 20th Century in household items ranging from fabric protectors to food packaging to cosmetics and non-stick cookware, and are also a primary
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Food Rescue Partners with ELIH

Robert Galinski (Director of Nutrition SBELIH), Linda Sweeney (VP of Foundation/External Affairs SBELIH), Anne Howard (Co-Director of Food Rescue North Fork), Stephanie McEvily (Co-Director of Food Rescue North Fork), and Holly Cato (Food Rescuer). | Nicole B. Brewer photo for ELIH Stony Brook Eastern Long Island Hospital is taking great pride in its partnership with the new Food Rescue US North Fork chapter, contributing the hospital’s freshly prepared and packaged
Healthcare workers at Peconic Bay Medical Center were hailed as heroes during the Covid-19 pandemic.
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PBMC Nurses Approve Contract, Averting A Strike

More than 85 percent of union nurses and healthcare workers at Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead and Long Island Jewish Valley Stream voted to ratify new contracts with Northwell Health this week, avoiding a strike that New York State Nurses Association members had planned to begin Feb. 21. NYSNA said the new three-year contracts "improve safe staffing standards and wages— the key demands of NYSNA members at both Northwell
Healthcare workers at Peconic Bay Medical Center were hailed as heroes during the Covid-19 pandemic.
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PBMC Nurses Reach a Tentative Agreement

New York State Nurses Association nurses and healthcare workers at Peconic Bay Medical Center reached a tentative contract agreement with the hospital's parent company, Northwell Health, on Thursday after a marathon bargaining session. If union members vote to ratify the contract on Tuesday, Feb. 20, they will avoid a strike authorized to begin Feb. 21. According to NYSNA, the agreement "includes improvements to safe staffing standards, stronger and expedited safe
Healthcare workers at Peconic Bay Medical Center were hailed as heroes during the Covid-19 pandemic.
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Nurses Could Strike at PBMC Starting Feb. 21

Pictured Above: Healthcare workers at Peconic Bay Medical Center were hailed as heroes during the Covid-19 pandemic. Approximately 700 New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) nurses at Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead and Northwell Health/ Long Island Jewish in Valley Stream are planning to strike beginning Feb. 21. On Feb. 9, NYSNA members at both hospitals "marched to their hospital administrators' offices to deliver 10-day strike notices, notifying management
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A Record Donation From ELIH Auxiliary

Pictured Above: Members of the Eastern Long Island Hospital Auxiliary recently presented a check for $572,000 to hospital Chief Administrative Officer Paul Connor. |. photo courtesy Stony Brook Eastern Long Island Hospital The Eastern Long Island Hospital Auxiliary, a 100-member volunteer group that fundraises for Stony Brook Eastern Long Island Hospital, reported in January that it raised a record-breaking $572,000 in 2023. The donation is part of the Auxiliary’s total
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East End Food Market to Temporarily Relocate During Construction

The East End Food Market, an indoor farmers market organized by the non-profit East End Food, will be moving temporarily to Twin Fork Beer Co. at 807 Raynor Ave. in Riverhead on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. from Jan. 13 through March 30, 2024. For more information and the list of vendors, please visit riverheadmarket.org or email market@eastendfood.org. After work is completed on the site of East End Food's newly-renovated 5,000 square
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Community Health Fair Returns to East Hampton

The East Hampton Healthcare Foundation will sponsor a free community Health Fair at the St. Luke’s Church meeting room, at 18 James Lane in East Hampton on Friday, Jan. 5 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Highlights include flu shots, health screenings (glucose, blood pressure check), applications for colorectal screenings, and appointments for no-cost mammogram and pap tests (for uninsured women over the age of 40). Representatives and information will
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Community Health Top Stories

Local Drives Will Combat Blood Emergency

The New York Blood Center declared a Blood Emergency late last week, after a summer of low donor turnout and even lower turnout since Labor Day, highlighting the importance of local blood drives scheduled for the upcoming days.  "Our overall inventory of red cells and platelets has dropped significantly post Labor Day holiday and there is an urgent need to increase blood donations to serve the patients in our local
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Photos: New Hope for an End to Alzheimer’s at Inaugural North Fork Walk

Every Walk to End Alzheimer’s organized by the Alzheimer’s Association begins in a cheerful garden filled with flowers of many colors representing participants’ connection to the disease.  In the Promise Garden Ceremony that kicks off the walk, participants are asked to hold their flowers high — orange flowers represent people who support the cause of a world without Alzheimer’s, blue flowers are for people who are living with a diagnosis