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Mar 14, 2017 3:43 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Peconic Bay Medical Center, Southampton Hospital Both Approved For Cardiac Cath Labs

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Mar 16, 2017 10:16 AM

Both Southampton Hospital and Riverhead-based Peconic Bay Medical Center received final approval on Tuesday from New York State officials for the completion of cardiac catheterization labs.

Cardiac catheterization labs—or cath labs—allow doctors to place stents in a patient’s cardiovascular system to open blocked passageways and perform other related life-saving procedures that require specific staffing, software and equipment to operate.

Northwell Health’s Peconic Bay Medical Center recently received final state approval to establish two laboratory cardiac cath labs and electrophysiology suites and to construct a rooftop helipad. The labs will be a central part of a planned comprehensive Cardiac Care Center—the Kanas Regional Heart Center—housed in Peconic Bay Medical Center’s new $60-million Critical Care Tower.

“It is fitting that we get this long-awaited green light following National Heart Health Month,” Andrew Mitchell, president and CEO of Peconic Bay Medical Center, said in a press release. “East End residents have had to travel farther for advanced cardiac services than anyone else in the tri-state area, and considering that heart ailments require quick diagnosis and treatment, this facility will make a real difference. It will save lives.”

Southampton Hospital’s director of marketing and public affairs, Marsha Kenny, confirmed on Tuesday that Southampton Hospital also received state approval for a cath lab, which will be built in the hospital’s Audrey and Martin Gruss Heart and Stroke Center.

“We greatly appreciate the Department of Health for recognizing the critical need for a facility of this kind on the South Fork of Long Island,” Robert Chaloner, president and CEO of Southampton Hospital, said in a press release issued Tuesday. “This … approval brings critical care technology close to home for many people, and it is a harbinger of the significant technical advances we will see through our partnership with Stony Brook Medicine.”

According to previous estimates, Southampton Hospital’s cath lab potentially could be completed in just three to six months, as it is a much smaller project than what is proposed at Peconic Bay. Southampton Hospital officials have estimated that the lab itself would cost less than $1 million to add additional equipment to the existing facility, not including operational costs.

According to Southampton Hospital officials, the adult PCI-capable laboratory will provide patients with cardiac catheterization and coronary angiography procedures to find and treat issues including stenoses and blockages using interventions such as stenting.

The new lab is expected to expand the partnership between Southampton Hospital and Stony Brook University Hospital, who will oversee the new program and incorporate its cardiac catheterization and electrophysiology services into the laboratory at Southampton Hospital.

“Residents of Eastern Long Island will enjoy greater access to timely cardiac care because of the close collaboration and exceptional leadership between Stony Brook Medicine and Southampton Hospital in gaining approval for this new facility,” said Reuven Pasternak, CEO of Stony Brook University Hospital and vice president for health systems at Stony Brook Medicine. “Working in tandem, physicians at Southampton Hospital and Stony Brook Medicine will provide diagnostic and interventional cardiac procedures, with access to world-class heart care at Stony Brook University Heart Institute for Patients who need higher levels of care.”

State Assemblyman Fred Thiele Jr. said that the state approval for both Peconic Bay and Southampton Hospital’s cath labs will improve health care across the East End. He noted that status of a proposed merger between the Southampton and Stony Brook University hospitals, currently awaiting final state approval, will be announced soon.

Senator Kenneth P. LaValle agreed with Mr. Thiele, noting that their goal was to bring affordable, accessible, quality health care to everyone on the East End.

“With the New York State approval of cath labs for both Southampton Hospital and Peconic Bay Medical Center, residents near both forks will have quality health care nearby,” Mr. LaValle said in an email. “I will continue to work to bring the best medical care to our region.”

Both Peconic Bay and Southampton hospitals received preliminary approval for the cath labs in November: a committee of the New York State Public Health and Health Planning Council concluded that both hospitals should be permitted to add the cardiac cath labs, despite a recommendation from State Health Department staff not to approve Southampton Hospital’s application. They argued that the East End needs only one cardiac cath lab, and it should be at Peconic Bay.

New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker ultimately gave the final approval.

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So Southampton is going to build a ridiculously expensive Cath Lab in relatively close proximity to Peconic Bay, and then move to a new site in a few years at Stony Brook Southampton? Good Planning. But hey, what's another $850,000 right?

If and when there is an issue in one of these labs, requiring emergency open heart surgery or the like, are these facilities prepared for that then?
By Mouthampton (320), Southampton on Mar 15, 17 8:18 AM
No they will not be able to perform open heart surgery...patients will need to be transferred.. Not ideal at the very least:(
By sandydog21 (181), Southampton on Mar 15, 17 8:40 AM
Doesn't really matter -- if the new federal healthcare legislation goes through, every hospital CFO in the country should immediately slap a hiring and spending freeze on every hospital budget. No mandatory health insurance means every tom, dick and leslie will be showing up in the ER without insurance and no insurance company is going to cover that -- pre-existing conditions covered by insurance companies for folks who have hospital bills with no insurance? I would like to see that in action. ...more
By dfree (275), hampton bays on Mar 16, 17 12:12 PM
Some physicians and patients WILL abuse the system. I know this for a fact I am a retired ER Nursing Administrator.
By greeneyedlady (45), East Quogue on Mar 17, 17 11:42 AM
here's the economics: insurance companies must take people pre-existing conditions, in the current bill at a "30% penalty", whatever that means. someone with no insurance comes into the emergency room with a broken hip, gets diagnosed with diabetes and ulcerative colitis as well, is 150 pounds overweight and smokes 2 packs per day. or just one of these ailments. then they get a bill from the hospital, then they sign up for health insurance with 30% penalty, they pay one month of the health insurance, ...more
By dfree (275), hampton bays on Mar 17, 17 12:47 PM
springs fair