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UPDATE: Officials Discuss Plans For Southampton Hospital, Stony Brook Alliance, Plans For New Hospital

Publication: The East Hampton Press
By Colleen Reynolds   Sep 30, 2012 9:17 PM
Oct 1, 2012 7:49 PM

UPDATE Monday 11:18 a.m.

Southampton Hospital and Stony Brook University officials at a morning press conference hailed Monday as an ushering in of a new era of regional health care on Long Island.

The event—held at Southampton Hospital’s Parrish Memorial Hall—officially announced the plans for Southampton Hospital to join the Stony Brook system and build a new Southampton Hospital on the Stony Brook Southampton college campus.

Bob Chaloner, the president and CEO of Southampton Hospital, called the 125-bed, private facility a lifeline for the community and an organizing force for keeping doctors on the East End and noted that many in the East Hampton area are “frightened” about the possibility of the hospital not existing some day.

“We need to partner as we move forward, because as wonderful as we are and much as we’ve made all of the wonderful changes, and as important as we are in this community, when all is said and done, we’re still a very small community hospital entering an era of unprecedented change in health care and an era when hospitals of all sizes will be stressed and challenged,” he said, adding that a partner would ensure the long-term survival of the hospital. Stony Brook—as the regional academic medical center and the site where Southampton already sends its premature babies, trauma cases and coronary heart patients, for example—is the logical choice for a partner, he said.

After the conference, Mr. Chaloner said that the tighter pairing would make budgeting easier. He stressed that Southampton’s main mission would remain taking care of the community. He said he envisions the current hospital building in Southampton Village as a possible residence for seniors.

Dr. Kenneth Kaushansky, the senior vice president of Health Sciences at Stony Brook and dean of the Stony Brook University School of Medicine, explained after the conference that medical training classes could be held at the new facility at Stony Brook Southampton and that students could live in the campus dorms. Because the university accrediting agency does not allow Stony Brook medical students to be trained by non-Stony Brook medical faculty, Southampton Hospital internists could join the Stony Brook faculty.

An exact site on campus for the new facility has not yet been determined.

Also speaking at the conference were Stony Brook University President Dr. Samuel L. Stanley, Dr. L. Reuven Pasternak, the vice president for Health Systems and chief executive officer of Stony Brook University Hospital, the Reverend Peter Larsen, the chairman of the Southampton Hospital Board of Directors, U.S. Representative Tim Bishop, State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle and State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr.

Hospital officials have clarified that the size of the current hospital is approximately 250,000 square feet. The new hospital would be of similar size.

ORIGINAL STORY:

Southampton Hospital and Stony Brook University on Monday morning are expected to announce a major strengthening of their partnership in an effort to enhance health care on the South Fork—a plan that includes the first steps to replace the current Southampton Hospital building with a new state-of-the art medical center on the Stony Brook Southampton campus.

Officials will announce that they have signed a non-binding letter of intent under which the 125-bed, private Southampton Hospital would join the Stony Brook Medicine health care system and provide care under Stony Brook University Hospital’s state operating license.

Monday’s announcement, which is to take place at a media event at Southampton Hospital, marks a big step forward on talks that have been under way since not long after the 2010 elimination of many of Stony Brook Southampton’s academic programs and the shuttering of dormitories on its 82-acre Shinnecock Hills campus—a slashing blamed on significant state budget cuts.

Talks between Southampton Hospital and Stony Brook gained more steam after an August 2011 settlement ended a lawsuit over the termination of Stony Brook Southampton’s environmental sustainability program.

With the proposed new agreement, the two hospitals are looking to work more closely together to improve health care quality and access, as well as coordination of care and efficiency for patients, according to a statement.

Dr. Kenneth Kaushansky, senior vice president of Health Services and dean of the Stony Brook University School of Medicine, said in the statement that the stronger ties will help both hospitals better prepare for health care reform by “cultivating a broader, stronger network of hospitals and health care providers to improve efficiency, control costs and better coordinate care across Suffolk County.”

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After all the money that has been sunk into the hospital withing the last few years, it's seems a strange time to announce this. I do believe, however, that a new hospital is needed and there really is no other location available. My only concern is that emergency patients coming from the east will now take even longer to transport to the hospital.
By itsamazing (153), Southampton on Sep 30, 12 10:40 PM
And how much longer would it really take? Not much since it's in a residential neighborhood and you have to drive slower and make more turns. How about the Ambulances coming from the west? It takes them a lot longer to get to SHH then it would take the East End Ambulances to get to the new location. Getting the hospital out of a residential neighborhood and off a major road is needed
By WHB19 (7), westhampton beach on Oct 1, 12 10:39 AM
While an affiliation is a very positive step it is unfortunate it will be with Stony Brook. There are better institutions on the island.
By sandydog21 (98), Southampton on Sep 30, 12 10:53 PM
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And what hospital on long island is better than Stony Brook Hosp and why?
By reg rep (397), Southampton on Sep 30, 12 11:02 PM
North Shore LIJ blows Stony Brook out of the Water!
By J. Totta (66), Sag Harbor on Oct 1, 12 6:50 AM
That's YOUR opinion....mainly it depends upon the doctor YOU have and the faith YOU put into your doctor taking care of you.
It will be good to have several more doctors from different specialties...and the fact that they can work together in a larger facility pulling together resources for high specialized treatments as well as maybe helping establish a trama center...
As for the ride there from Montauk...High fines for those who don't move to the side of the road when they HEAR a siren!!!(forget ...more
By UNITED states CITIZEN (200), SOUTHAMPTON on Oct 2, 12 11:16 AM
Long overdue. The East End hospitals have always been second rate as evinced by the fact that everyone out here travels into the city for any serious procedures. Stony Brook Southampton will bring a first-class facility, first class physicians/surgeons and first class interns to the East End. It should, however, be planned as a regional medical center, replacing Southampton, Riverhead and Greenport. Those locales can be served by stand-along emergency rooms to stabilize patients until they ...more
By highhatsize (2090), East Quogue on Oct 1, 12 1:11 AM
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> "everyone out here travels into the city for any serious procedures"

Except those of us who go to Stony Brook University Medical Center for anything except serious heart (Winthrop) or some types of cancers requiring high specialized treatment.

I don't understand why you would make such a sweeping and unfounded generalization.
By Frank Wheeler (1261), Northampton on Oct 1, 12 2:52 AM
Uhh just where do you think the doctors we have here now train???? They train in some of the best hospitals in the country..
By squeaky (255), hampton bays on Oct 1, 12 9:01 AM
Living in montauk,the longer ride to the hospital is a big worry,even with one of the best volenteer ambulance crews on long island.
By montauk resident (41), montauk on Oct 1, 12 7:04 AM
I had heard that St. Joseph's was the "go to" facility for heart ailments?
Winthrop?
By Trish (40), Sag Harbor on Oct 1, 12 7:38 AM
St Francis in Roslyn, where is St Joseph's?
Further it should be noted that the Chief of Cardiology at St Francis recently moved to SUNY Stony Brook.

Toma Noku, below, if the story just broke last night, how could the Vilage Board have anything to say yet?And if it is a mattter of the hospital closing the doors and moving to another location outside of the village boarders. the Village Board has no say anyway.
By Phadreus1340 (144), Southampton on Oct 1, 12 9:17 AM
Winthrop is the best.
By pstevens (395), Wilmington on Oct 10, 12 3:00 PM
Hopefully, the implementation of this plan over the next 5-10 years will include regional emergency room facilities, including on the east side of East Hampton Village (is the old Sterns location still available?).

Such a facility actually in Montauk should not be ruled out IMO, scale of opertions TBD.

Southampton Hospital could remain a satellite primary emergency room location, and could also perhaps morph into a nursing home and/or assisted living facility of some kind? A hospital ...more
By PBR (4364), Southampton on Oct 1, 12 8:17 AM
Great news! I was upset when the Southampton campus closed as it was a more affordable option for students. However, in my opinion, this is a great use of the property and one that will serve most of us at some point.
I would guess that the value of the land alone in Southampton Village will go a long way in building the new site.
By Mrs.Sea (202), Sag Harbor on Oct 1, 12 8:43 AM
Much needed, and it should bring decent employment opportunities to the area. Win-Win!
By HBPatriot (19), Hampton Bays on Oct 1, 12 9:00 AM
Look forward to more parking availability at the new hospital. I also wonder what is going to happen with all those medical offices around the hospital and the village. I guess many of them will eventually be shuddered and new ones will be built around the hospital. Perhaps that is a boon to local property owners but what kind of impact will that have on the residential character of the area such as noise and traffic. What will happen to the current location and facilities is also a question mark ...more
By Toma Noku (147), uptown on Oct 1, 12 9:01 AM
couldnt be a better idea for a new hospital .perfect location,long term benifits
By my 2 cents (3), southampton on Oct 1, 12 9:18 AM
Where on campus this would go? When construction will commence?
By traffic (21), Southampton on Oct 1, 12 2:28 PM
Great idea about the train thing!
By ShelleyB (18), East Hampton on Oct 1, 12 2:31 PM
I lived on Meeting House Lane for 20+ years. a 5 minute walk to the hospital. I think this is the best idea I've heard yet. And the idea of using the present building for seniors if even better. The view of the ocean from the 3rd floor is my favorite. The village has grown; the area of Old Town rd, Herrick Rd.Lewis Street is residential Good move for all concerned.
By summertime (490), summerfield fl on Oct 1, 12 4:03 PM
It's election season and all the promises are coming out in droves. Not one mention of where 225 million is coming from, and not one mention when this will be built. It was a news conferance of a virtual hospital built in Southampton, but good thing Tim Bishop was there. He can request the funds and add more debt on top of our 16.5 trillion. Notice the part where the employees will be state employees? This is so politicians have a place to put their unemployable friends, and pay for them for the ...more
By chief1 (1284), southampton on Oct 1, 12 4:41 PM
Chief1, Here are the FACTS:

1) The letter of intent calls for launching a Southampton Hospital led philanthropic campaign to raise funds to build a new state-of-the-art Southampton Hospital on Stony Brook University’s Southampton campus.

NO PUBLIC FUNDS TO BUILD A NEW HOSPITAL!!

2) As the planned collaboration moves forward, Stony Brook and Southampton leadership will comply with collective bargaining agreements with the public unions at Stony Brook University Hospital ...more
By Robert I Ross (159), Hampton Bays on Oct 1, 12 6:02 PM
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By the way, Chief1, I would be more than happy to answer any other questions that you might have. You can give me a call if you like: 726-8276.
By Robert I Ross (159), Hampton Bays on Oct 1, 12 8:25 PM
I just find it odd that this announcement odd that this announcement is made at election time with the usual do nothing politicians in attendance. We have known about this partnership between Stony Brook and Southampton for years so what has changed? Do you have a site plan, Blueprints, a rendering, or any impact studies? Do you know how the new health care bill is going to lower hospital income? And in this day and age where on earth would 250 million in donations come from? Income for hospitals ...more
By chief1 (1284), southampton on Oct 2, 12 8:15 AM
Answer your phone, Robert, Chief1 has questions galore for you.
By Phadreus1340 (144), Southampton on Oct 2, 12 9:25 AM
I'm waiting - - it's not ringing!
By Robert I Ross (159), Hampton Bays on Oct 2, 12 11:42 AM
Chief1, Here are the FACTS:

1) The letter of intent calls for launching a Southampton Hospital led philanthropic campaign to raise funds to build a new state-of-the-art Southampton Hospital on Stony Brook University’s Southampton campus.

NO PUBLIC FUNDS TO BUILD A NEW HOSPITAL!!

2) As the planned collaboration moves forward, Stony Brook and Southampton leadership will comply with collective bargaining agreements with the public unions at Stony Brook University Hospital ...more
By Robert I Ross (159), Hampton Bays on Oct 3, 12 6:48 AM
By the way, Chief1, I would be more than happy to answer any other questions that you might have. You can give me a call if you like: 726-8276.



Like Reply Report as inappropriateBy Robert I Ross (103), Hampton Bays on Oct 1, 12 8:25 PM
By Robert I Ross (159), Hampton Bays on Oct 3, 12 6:49 AM
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I did have questions posted here but someone had the press delete them. Here they are:
1 Are there impact studies, Plans, site plans, or even a rendering of the new building?

2. Will the new hospital be able to support itself in the new healthcare enviroment?

3. With medicare and medicaid being saddled with 100 trillion in future expenses is the hospital projecting less income?

4.What is the back up plan for the new hospital if it can't pay it's bills? Will it ...more
By chief1 (1284), southampton on Oct 3, 12 4:09 PM
Still waiting...............................................................


After the debate last night it's pretty clear doctors, and hospitals will receive even less for their work. Some doctors receive less than 10 dolars for an office visit from medicaid. How do these ridiculous numbers amount too paying for a 250 million dollar project?
By chief1 (1284), southampton on Oct 4, 12 3:10 PM
Chief:

You asked;

1 Are there impact studies, Plans, site plans, or even a rendering of the new building?

Just to answer part of that - the project would not be subject to any Town SEQRA (environmental) studies/SEQRA review/zoning because it's a state project on state land.
By Nature (2574), Hampton Bays on Oct 6, 12 3:11 PM
Thanks for the answer. But what information are you using for your answer? Mr Ross said there will be no state assistance, and no public help. So how does private money build on state land? This whole news conference seemed a little strange since there were few details given. We have known for four years about this affiliation of the two groups what has changed? Lots of announcements this election season.
By chief1 (1284), southampton on Oct 7, 12 10:20 PM
Reading is fundemental...
By pstevens (395), Wilmington on Oct 10, 12 3:03 PM
Ken LaValle has a nerve showing his face at this conference when he, as chairman of the State Senate Higher Education Committee, sat back and let Southampton College be shut down without doing a thing. He hasn't done anything for Southampton Hospital, either, but here he is in the front row, exploiting an achievement he had nothing to do with, just to get himself in the Guiness Book of Records as the World's Longest-Serving State Senator. (36 years and counting.)

Of course, what can you ...more
By Turkey Bridge (1092), Quiogue on Oct 1, 12 6:40 PM
Dear Turkey,

If you did a little searching the web, as I just did, you could read for yourself that everything you just stated is the opposite of the truth.
By FredShart (19), Suffolk on Oct 1, 12 8:20 PM
Hey Fred, don't you know truth is relative. And nobody takes care of his relatives better than Tim Bishop.
By V.Tomanoku (599), southampton on Oct 2, 12 1:02 AM
All this from the Town Dem Treasurer. WOW!
By FredShart (19), Suffolk on Oct 2, 12 8:45 AM
I take it that Ms. Fleming did not get an invite?
By Phadreus1340 (144), Southampton on Oct 2, 12 11:15 AM
Really? Can you misrepresent the facts some more? And while you're at it Mr. Lynch, at least admit you're a shill for Bridget Fleming.
By FredShart (19), Suffolk on Oct 2, 12 9:39 PM
This comment has been removed because it is a duplicate, off-topic or contains inappropriate content.
By FredShart (19), Suffolk on Oct 3, 12 8:14 AM
Someone calling himself FredShart has seen fit to make four replies (so far) to my post, counting the one below, which was taken down as a duplicate, off-topic or inappropriate (my money's on inappropriate). Anyway, it's hard to know when he'll be finished. Apparently, he keeps thinking up things that are either inaccurate or irrelevant or both. There's probably a name for his condition, but I don't know it.
By Turkey Bridge (1092), Quiogue on Oct 7, 12 6:42 PM
George, there you go again. If you think that Senator LaValle had nothing to do with the reopening of the Campus, ask Assemblyman Theile (your Independence Party member given the Democratic Party line to run on - ergo your candidate) what effort it took by him and Ken LaValle to get Stony Brook t take over the campus. If you truly believe that LaValle position as Chair of the Committeedidn't crease the wheels you are only fooling yourself. So go ask Fred.

As for the great news about ...more
By NTiger (271), Southampton on Oct 9, 12 11:35 AM
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The comment of bringing home the bacon is what is wrong with this country. Each community in this country will have too fend for itself in the future. We are out of money, and if you think Stony Brook wasting 30 million on a defunct project like Southampton was beneficial your lying too yourself.
Anyone thinking about building a new hospital is either drunk or has been on mars for the last four years. Health care costs are going too put this country into poverty, and building a 250 million ...more
By chief1 (1284), southampton on Oct 10, 12 6:11 PM
what will tim do with hiswife's business run from the college for how many years with NO rent?
By xtiego (298), bridgehampton on Oct 1, 12 6:41 PM
Probably NOTHING.....That is seeing how it has not been there for the last two years. It had to move when the college closed.
By MACK (42), Southampton on Oct 2, 12 8:19 AM

Probably NOTHING.....That is seeing how it has not been there for the last two years. It had to move when the college closed.
By MACK (42), Southampton on Oct 3, 12 11:39 AM
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It's not often that such a good idea surfaces. The proposal would result in greater access to high-quality healthcare for the entire South Fork. At the same time, it makes great use of the current campus grounds. And, let's face it, a facility built in 1909 cannot be expected to be energy efficient or accommodate modern medical technology. This will be a major upgrade for the area. Kudos to all those who developed this plan!
By Chitown (21), Chicago on Oct 3, 12 2:41 PM
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This is horrible news for college students and residents of Shinnecock Hills. So students going to classes are going to be in the same parking lot as gunshot victims, people with whooping cough and busy medical professionals commuting in? Ambulances will come screeching in at 2 a.m. Helicopters?! That campus is not large. Surely the hospital will dominate it. What a mess, and what a disappointment.
By Mr Suffolk (112), Twin Forks on Oct 4, 12 1:45 PM
imagine the complaints they will get from the 4000 seat new greeek orhthdocks church colliseum !
By david h (303), southampton on Oct 10, 12 1:11 PM
That is nothing but lame, Mr. Suffolk. When was the last time you saw an ambulance "screeching" anywhere? Heliocopters rarely, if ever pick up at Southampton Hospital, more often than not at the scene of an accident. "gunshot victim's" "whooping cough" drop the drama, will you?
By Phadreus1340 (144), Southampton on Oct 4, 12 2:30 PM
Is the mayor's father-in-law going to buy up the old hospital and then put in houses
on one sixth of an acre? I wonder. And what about Paulson's new emergency room for which he gave $5 million? Is it going to be bulldozed in five years?
By localcitizen (50), Southampton on Oct 5, 12 5:02 PM
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Emperor Epley's Emazing ER and Emporium!

ER to stay.

Whole Foods Market to open on main floor with farmers' market next door in Parrish Hall.

Permanent helo pad at site of summer party on Wickapogue with new underground tunnel links to main building, old nursing home (now condos) and downtown village area including old Parrish Art Museum now "Emporium Central."

Ownership of all to be a commercial condo. structure with preferential financing for previous recipients. ...more
By Nero (165), Sag Harbor on Oct 6, 12 2:03 PM
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