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Mar 27, 2013 1:17 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Record-Breaking Donation Will Help Fund Peconic Bay Medical Center's New Ambulatory Care Center

Mar 27, 2013 1:28 PM

Peconic Bay Medical Center will open an ambulatory care campus in Manorville later this year thanks in large part to a $5 million donation, the largest ever made to the Riverhead hospital.

In recognition of their record-setting donation, the Feil Family Foundation, represented by Jeffrey and Lee Feil of Remsenburg, will get to name the 25,000-square-foot complex “The Gertrude and Louise Feil Campus for Ambulatory Care,” in honor of Mr. Feil’s late parents. The first of four buildings that will make up the complex is expected to open later this spring, and will include urgent and primary care, pediatrics, urology, digestive disorders, general surgery, health education and orthopedics offices.

The donation was announced at the Riverhead hospital on Friday, when the medical center, using a live webcast, unveiled the sign that will adorn the new Manorville facility. Prior to the Feils, the largest donation ever accepted by the hospital totaled $3 million and came from an anonymous donor, officials said.

“We began with a vision that said everyone that lives in Suffolk County should have the same quality of health care they can get in New York City,” Peconic Bay Medical Center President and CEO Andrew Mitchell said during Friday’s dedication ceremony. “These are people that have an incredible commitment to health care in the communities in which they live, in the communities in which they grew up, and are trying to make things better for everyone who lives and resides in their hometowns.”

The new $13 million facility will be located on the west side of Route 111 in Manorville, approximately 10 miles from the hospital. The second building is slated to open at the end of the year, while the two remaining buildings should follow early next year.

On Friday, Mr. Feil said he is happy to be helping the community, and said he hopes the new ambulatory center will help to foster jobs and superior medical care in the area.

“I will love to see this dream come true out here,” Mr. Feil said.

John Kanas of East Moriches, another hospital benefactor who made the hospital’s Kanas Center for Advanced Surgery possible, said the opening of the new center will be a life-changing moment for thousands of people who will benefit from the services offered there in the future.

“I want to thank you for the thousands of people whose pain and suffering will be diminished and for the lives of the hundreds of people that will be saved by the facility that will bear your names,” said Mr. Kanas, a longtime friend of the Feils. “I can’t thank you enough. I thank God for blessing you with the resources you have, and I thank Him for blessing us with you.”

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