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Dec 23, 2018 8:01 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Stony Brook Southampton Hospital Gets Governor's Approval To Move To University Campus

Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, currently located at 240 Meeting House Lane, Southampton. ANISAH ABDULLAH
Dec 23, 2018 5:46 PM

Stony Brook Southampton Hospital officials can now officially begin their $300 million project to build a new hospital facility in Shinnecock Hills.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed a bill on December 21 authorizing Stony Brook University to lease property on its Southampton campus to the Southampton Hospital Association for the hospital’s new location, State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. confirmed. The governor’s signature was the final approval needed to kick-start the project, which is likely to transform the East End’s health care landscape.

Officials are now able to put out bids for an architect to design renderings for the new hospital facility, as well as for a new satellite location in East Hampton. Renderings are important to complete before launching the capital campaign as they help get potential donors to agree to contribute.

Once that phase is complete, officials can launch the capital campaign, which is expected to begin during the first quarter of 2019. The fundraiser will be a combined effort to raise $300 million for the new hospital and $35 million for the East Hampton facility.

"Passage of this legislation is a significant milestone and advances Stony Brook's mission to reshape the healthcare landscape on the East End of Long Island," Robert Chaloner, chief administrative officer for Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, said in a statement. "It could not have happened without the vision and tireless efforts of our ardent champions in the New York State Legislature, Senator Kenneth P. LaValle and Assemblyman Fred Thiele. We are grateful for their support of this project and look forward to working with our community and realizing many more milestones that are to come."

Although it will be a huge effort to raise the necessary capital, Mr. Chaloner said in a past interview that he is optimistic that they can achieve their goal. He added that a bulk of the funds would come from large donations.

Once fundraising begins, the combined project is estimated to take about five years to complete, Mr. Chaloner said. The project is the last stage of the overall merger plan between Stony Brook Medicine and Southampton Hospital that began in July 2017.

The new hospital is planned to have the same or possibly fewer number of its 125 hospital beds, with significantly more space for ambulatory and outpatient care and testing. It will also feature modern amenities and advanced technology—hospital officials have ideas for innovative designs that would improve patient care.

The East Hampton satellite facility will offer an emergency room and advanced outpatient medical services on a 4-acre property at 400 Pantigo Place.

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There are 80,000 people in the towns of Easthampton and Southampton. $300 million divided by 80,000 is $3,750 per person. That pays for the facility. Let's say running costs (not including the staff that deals with billing and insurance and lobbying -- nurses and practicing doctors) are $30 million per year. That's $375 per person per year. Why are 25% or more of our local property taxes, if you include the healthcare portion of the pensions we pay for now and in the future, going to healthcare ...more
By dfree (805), hampton bays on Dec 23, 18 10:39 AM
Ah yes . . . “The Workers Paradise”. . .why does this sound familiar
By CaptainSig (716), Dutch Harbor on Dec 24, 18 8:19 AM
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Do you think Doctors are employees of hospitals? Ignorant socialist, left in the hands of people like you, we'd be Venezuela in no time.
By NateNewtown (99), east on Dec 26, 18 7:14 PM
That's some fancy math you have there.
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Dec 29, 18 2:40 PM
Is it? I learned most of it in 6th grade, since it's basic division.

Oh and Venezuela? How about Hawaii, Massachusetts, Denmark, Belgium, Australia, Israel -- they all have free healthcare with more doctors per capita and longer lives and better health outcomes than the USA, at about 1/3 less per capita GDP. Israel spends more per capita GDP on Defense than we do, and has better healthcare.
By dfree (805), hampton bays on Dec 30, 18 12:54 PM
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Where on campus is this to be located? How many stories? How about covered parking for emergency vehicles???
By knitter (1902), Southampton on Dec 23, 18 3:24 PM
And what does this mean? "authorizing Stony Brook University to lease property on its Southampton campus to the Southampton Hospital Association for the hospital’s new location". Is there a cost associated.with two wholly owned subsidiaries doing business with each other? Or is this some mechanism to extract dollars from the East End to send to Governor Cuomo's donors on the State University Construction Committee ? Could Fred Thiele PLEASE have some transparency? We are asking for cheaper ...more
By dfree (805), hampton bays on Dec 23, 18 4:01 PM
“The new hospital is planned to have the same or possibly FEWER number of its 125 hospital beds...”
By bambi (76), bridgehampton on Dec 24, 18 8:18 AM
“The new hospital is planned to have the same or possibly FEWER number of its 125 hospital beds...”
By bambi (76), bridgehampton on Dec 24, 18 8:18 AM
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$300 million divided by 125 beds is $2.4 million per bed is about double the national cost average for new construction for hospitals in the USA. How is that possible when the cost for the land is zero?
By dfree (805), hampton bays on Dec 24, 18 8:52 AM
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Building a hospital at the old Southampton College campus is the worst idea
I heard of in a long time. It’s one of the worst traffic locations on the East End.
County Road 39 can’t handle the traffic now, it’s a death trap of a roadway. Where’s the planning for the future. A hospital that will accommodate less beds
then our present facility. The population unfortunatly on the East End is only
going to continue to grow. This is a terrible idea. I believe ...more
By Jimion (129), Hampton Bays on Dec 24, 18 8:53 AM
A federal rule requires all hospitals to post online a master list of prices for the services they provide so consumers can review them starting Jan. 1.

The health care industry nationally has a reputation for having little price transparency, which can make it difficult for consumers to price compare. But the hospital’s master list prices, sometimes called a chargemaster, is also not a complete look, consumer advocates say.
By dfree (805), hampton bays on Dec 27, 18 7:25 AM
What will happen to the current hospital on Meetinghouse Lane?
By Aeshtron (410), Southampton on Dec 27, 18 10:27 AM
Much like the hospital, whatever it ends up as, people will be dying to get in there.
By themarlinspike (518), southampton on Dec 27, 18 2:36 PM
The current hospital will be converted to low cost housing for local undocumented workers to give them easier access to their jobs on the large estates in Southampton, Bridgehampton and Easthampton. Their children will be able to walk to the close by public schools. Since New York State pays for their healthcare, the new hospital will have an imflux of fully insured patients and since the education system is also free, up to and including graduate schools in the New York State University system, ...more
By dfree (805), hampton bays on Dec 28, 18 7:06 AM
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Funny how the Tuckahoe Center was a traffic problem for 39. But a 300 employee area hospital is ok? More corruption.
By chief1 (2786), southampton on Dec 30, 18 12:48 PM
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It is a shame There has been very little consensus on this move - among Emergency medical providers on the East End. Besides moving the Hospital further away from Montauk and the East End community, the impact that the new "Mini" Emergency center on Pantigo Road will have has been ignored. Ambulances from Bridgehampton and Sag Harbor, will now be heading toward the East to this new center, which will be their closest ER. Traffic already bottle necked on Pantigo will now become worse, and there ...more
By harrisw (27), sh on Jan 1, 19 8:41 PM
You want to know why this new hospital construction is top of the list for New York State politicians? Just look at the charges list which was posted today, as Southampton Hospital was forced by FEDERAL LAW to list its prices.

Aside from the obvious graft of any new construction of public buildings on Long Island (ask your representative when their last trip was to the Dominican Republic where cash in paper bags and underage prosttutes change hands, just ask Senator Menendez from NJ ...more
By dfree (805), hampton bays on Jan 2, 19 8:02 AM
"A doctor who accepts (Medicare) assignment is agreeing to charge you no more than the amount Medicare pays for the service you receive. The doctor bills Medicare directly, as you are "assigning" Medicare to pay the doctor for your care."
"A doctor who does not accept assignment can charge you up to a maximum of 15% more than Medicare pays for the service you receive". - Above quotes from AARP Medicare Resource Center

Medicare and health insurance are complex, difficult to navigate, ...more
Jan 7, 19 10:35 AM appended by Aeshtron
Following is the percentage breakdown (rounded to whole percentages) of my North Sea property taxes for 12/1/2018 to 11/30/2019. -- 61% school, library, museum; 3% county; 20% general Southampton town, highway, police, 911; 16% NYS property tax law, MTA tax, North Sea Fire, Southampton ambulance. To conclude -- no where near 25% of my property taxes go to healthcare insurance for town employees, the entire General town category is only 5.5ish%.
By Aeshtron (410), Southampton on Jan 4, 19 10:35 AM
SUNY SOUTHAMPTON HOSPITAL: ranked the WORST for infection.
No wonder they charge the MOST.

Surgical site infection after colon surgery below average
This Hospital's Score:
2.935

Best Hospital's Score:
0.000

Average Hospital's Score:
0.789

Worst Hospital's Score:
2.935
By dfree (805), hampton bays on Jan 2, 19 8:32 AM
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