Stony Brook Southampton Hospital’s Regional Tick-Borne Disease Center will open on Monday, Aug. 14 in the Hampton Bays Atrium.

The center is the first and only dedicated tick clinic in the Northeast. Patients will have the potential to participate in Stony Brook Medicine’s research studies. The clinic is located steps away from Stony Brook Southampton Hospital’s lab services and blood drawing in the Atrium, which is at 182 West Montauk Highway in Hampton Bays.

In addition to tick removal and disease diagnosis, the clinic will provide counseling on tick bite prevention, tick identification, free tick removal kits and reference handbooks.

The center is clinically supported by physicians from Stony Brook Medicine’s Meeting House Lane Medical Practice and Stony Brook Children’s Hospital. This on-site dedicated team of infectious disease specialists will treat children and adults for tick bites and diagnose tick-borne illnesses, by appointment only.

“This year is one of the worst for tick bites and tick-borne disease illnesses,” says Dr. Sharon Nachman, chief of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital, which was a study site for a pediatric study for a Phase 3 trial on a Lyme disease vaccine. “A dedicated tick clinic is important to the health of our community and reinforces Stony Brook Medicine’s commitment to bring world-class healthcare, driven by evidence-based research, to the East End.”

Since 2015, Stony Brook Southampton Hospital’s Regional Tick-Borne Disease Resource Center has been operating a free tick help line (631) 726-TICK (8425). To date, the patient navigator, Rebecca Young, RN, BSN has answered over 5,500 tick calls.

Adults can schedule an appointment at the Regional Tick-Borne by calling (631) 725-2112. To make an appointment for a child, call (631) 444-KIDS (5437). Most insurances are accepted and self-pay is available.

The center’s suite was made possible for the next ten years by a gift from Brian Kelly, East End Tick and Mosquito Control®, and features a reception area, two exam rooms, two private offices for consults, and a large nurse’s station.

Stony Brook Southampton Hospital Regional Tick-Borne Disease Resource Center is funded exclusively through charitable gifts, with major support coming from The Island Outreach Foundation, whose grants have sustained the center for the last five years. For more information, visit EastEndTickResource.org.

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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