Pictured Above, From left to right: Samantha Vigliotta (Vice President, Peconic Bay Medical Center), Emilie Corey (Chair, Peconic Bay Medical Center Foundation Board of Directors), Michael Corey and Andrew J. Mitchell (President & CEO, Peconic Bay Medical Center) | Jim Lennon photograph for PBMC

Friday the 13th was a lucky day for Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead, which received a historically generous gift of $10 million from the PBMC Foundation’s chairwoman, Emilie Roy Corey, and her husband Michael at the hospital’s annual Benefit in Black & White at the Westhampton Country Club.

It is the largest gift from an individual that the hospital has received in its history, and will be used to improve access to critical and primary care services and to enhance medical and surgical services at the hospital.

“It is crucial for Peconic Bay Medical Center to be able to continue their important work here on Long Island’s East End, saving the lives and providing state-of-the-art medical treatment each and every day in our community,” said Ms. Corey. “We are greatly touched by the compassionate care and outstanding treatment offered by the wonderful medical professionals associated with the hospital as well as with the dedication of the hospital’s leadership to building a world-class medical institution. This gift will ensure that the groundbreaking care, resources and treatment which the hospital has earned a reputation for providing will continue both now and into the future.”

Emilie and Michael Corey are also the founding supporters of Pegasus House Palliative Care at Peconic Bay Medical Center, which seeks to ease pain and suffering while providing the best possible quality of life for patients afflicted with chronic or life-limiting illnesses.

Pegasus House was founded in 2009 and has since helped thousands of patients, according to PBMC.

“This marks a historic moment and exciting opportunity for both Northwell Health and Peconic Bay Medical Center,” said Michael J. Dowling, president and chief executive officer of Northwell Health.  “Together our commitment is to strengthen and build a regional destination for exceptional and innovative medical care.  This generous donation will ensure that our organizations are strongly positioned to continue to make this commitment a reality by impacting access to quality, community-based health care.”

“Emilie and Michael Corey are wonderful supporters of Peconic Bay Medical Center and have played a critical role in the hospital through the years,” said Sherry Patterson, Chair of the Peconic Bay Medical Center Board of Directors.  “Our efforts to bring world-class patient care to all the residents of the East End are made possible through the philanthropy of our generous donors, such as the Coreys.

Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at editor@eastendbeacon.com

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