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Southampton Hospital To Merge With Stony Brook On August 1

Southampton Hospital      PRESS FILE
Jul 4, 2017 1:39 PM

Southampton Hospital will finalize its merger with Stony Brook University Hospital in August after nearly a decade of discussion and review.

Final regulatory approval for the move was obtained when a State Supreme Court justice signed off on the deal on June 26, Southampton Hospital’s president and CEO, Robert Chaloner, said this week.

A mass mailing from Southampton Hospital has been sent to members of the community as part of a State Health Department public notice requirement. The notice states that Southampton will become a campus of Stony Brook University Hospital starting August 1, but will continue to operate as it does now.

“While we have a number of final legal and operational steps to take, we are targeting on or about August 1 for the deal to finalize and our two organizations to join,” Mr. Chaloner said on Thursday, June 29.

He added, “We are excited to be nearing the finish line in this long but ultimately worthwhile process. We look forward to a bright future of working together with Stony Brook.”

The merger will bring the local hospital entirely under Stony Brook’s operating license while preserving the community aspect of the hospital, officials have said. Although Southampton Hospital will be operated by Stony Brook, all of Southampton’s off-site health care facilities will remain open, and there will be no change in services offered or locations, according to the mailing.

“This is part of an ongoing effort to expand access to health care services on the South Fork by bringing together Suffolk County’s tertiary academic medical center and the South Fork’s only hospital,” the mailing said.

The state-approved merger has been under discussion for more than nine years, much longer than the typical one to two years it takes to form a partnership between two private hospitals.

Mr. Chaloner has said in a previous interview that he believed that was because Stony Brook University Hospital is a state facility, so state officials took longer to approve the merger in order to thoroughly review the application.

“We now look forward to finishing the remaining details of the transaction so that we can celebrate in earnest when Southampton officially becomes part of the Stony Brook Medicine health care system,” said a Stony Brook University Hospital spokesperson who asked that her name not be used.

The long-term vision surrounding the deal is the eventual construction of a new Southampton Hospital on the 82-acre Stony Brook Southampton campus in Shinnecock Hills, which is slated to take up about 13 acres of the campus. It is unclear when Stony Brook will make a final decision about the proposal, whose feasibility relies on the merger—and the ability to raise some $250 million, the estimated cost of a new facility.

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Great, a big, new hospital that no one can afford except the folks covered by Southampton Town employee health care insurance. Must have all the same services and fancy machines as Peconic Hospital so that everyone gets their beak wet supplyhg multi million dollar equipment that duplicates the same services that the state hospital authority declared to be unnecessary. Can't wait to see my taxes go up for that as well as paying for the Stony Brook deficits for caring for indigent and undocumented ...more
By dfree (306), hampton bays on Jun 30, 17 5:13 AM
What on God's green earth are you talking about!? Feel free to not go to the hospital if you are injured. We have very good veterinary providers in the area.
By SlimeAlive (587), Southampton on Jun 30, 17 6:30 AM
Good news for the east end. This should help improve margins for the SHH as well as bring top notch care and facilities to the east end.
By realistic (408), westhampton on Jun 30, 17 9:23 AM
Stoney brook is only great for trauma. Otherwise I wouldn't take my ill pet to it. Locals are not going to like all the students piling into the room gawking at you. I've had experiences with a terminally ill parent there and it was disgraceful. North shore LIJ is much better. (North well) or Winthrop
By JC (1), southampton on Jun 30, 17 9:36 AM
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Well that is just great except for the fact that the hospitals you mentioned are hours away from east end, south fork folks!!!!!
By mtkfish (59), montauk on Jun 30, 17 11:32 AM
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By even flow (450), East Hampton on Jun 30, 17 11:50 AM
Just left SBU hospital a week ago. Had major surgery and was very happy with the OR and nursing staff. The nursing students were excellent and helpful.
When procedures were done I was asked if students could watch, very professional.
Aftercare is very lacking...
By knitter (838), Southampton on Jun 30, 17 6:44 PM
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The new hospital will never be built since the Republican healthcare bill will suck $150 billion from New York Medicaid reimbursement each year. The Trump Administration healthcare policy means Stony Brook Hospital system will be bankrupt in 5 years, along with every other major medical center in New York.
By dfree (306), hampton bays on Jul 1, 17 1:31 AM
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By SlimeAlive (587), Southampton on Jul 1, 17 6:42 AM
According to a July 2014 report from the Pew Charitable Trusts, in 2010 there were 5,570,094 New York residents enrolled in Medicaid. By 2013, Medicaid covered 21 percent of New York residents; between 2000 and 2012, this figure had increased by 10.8 percentage points.[21][22]
By dfree (306), hampton bays on Jul 1, 17 7:04 PM
Trump Administration plans to cut Medicaid spending means New York State hospitals will be treating the elderly, indigent and undocumented with no reimbursement. Any hospital with an emergency room will lose big bucks and there will be no sanctuary. Building a bigger hospital means bigger losses. The insured workforce on the East end will see incredible cost increases to cover these losses and that means the taxpayers who pay for teachers, police, fire fighters and town admin to have high end ...more
By dfree (306), hampton bays on Jul 2, 17 7:50 AM
Instead of merging with Peconic Hospital which would avoid duplication of services and expensive medical equipment and present a unified negotiating position against the rapscallion health insurance companies, the Southampton Hospital Administration saved their high paying jobs by selling their PROFITABLE hospital to a New York State subsidized teaching hospital that has 10x the indigent patient load of Peconic Healthcare system.

Why is SUNY Stony Brook Hoispital taking over Southampton ...more
By davidf (325), hampton bays on Jul 2, 17 10:44 AM
Beware of people on the internet with all the answers but with zero data or supporting material to prove out what they are saying. It could be false.

~Abraham Lincoln.
By even flow (450), East Hampton on Jul 3, 17 8:00 AM
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Go to SHCommunityreport do com forward slash numbers. $6 million profit, $6 million non cash depreciation, $22 million in "employee benefits" above and beyond payroll. Kiss it all goodbye as all the excess profits gets sucked into SUNY Stony Brook Hospital and the property taxpayers of the Southampton and Easthampton subsidize the Western Suffolk morass of bribe taking government thieves, undocumented union members and the victims of MS 13 gang violence.
By dfree (306), hampton bays on Jul 3, 17 10:23 AM
What does the $22 million in employee benefits cover over and beyond the separate payroll number in the Southampton Hospital financial report? How many employees are there? 200?
By dfree (306), hampton bays on Jul 4, 17 4:49 PM
over 1,000 employees
By CaptainSig (640), Dutch Harbor on Jul 4, 17 8:52 PM