Northwell Health has acquired Eastern Suffolk Cardiology, a state-of-the-art cardiac care practice with four locations on the East End of Long Island.
Each practice will be called Northwell Health Physician Partners Cardiology with locations in Hampton Bays, Riverhead, Southampton and Wading River and will complement programs at Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead, NY.
The cardiology group is made up of nine board-certified physicians, who specialize in internal medicine, echocardiology, nuclear cardiology, cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology, and five physician assistants and a nurse practitioner who work out of each location.
In 2015, Eastern Suffolk Cardiology logged more than 23,000 office visits at their sites.
“They take care of more than half of the cardiac patients on the East End of Long Island,” said Stanley Katz, MD, chair and professor of cardiology at the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine. “They are very important to Peconic Bay Medical Center’s plans for a fully-enhanced cardiac center because they are the main referrers of cardiac patients.”
Northwell Health has plans to build an electrophysiology lab at Peconic Bay to treat those with abnormal heart rhythms and a cardiac catheterization lab to diagnose and treat coronary artery blockages and heart disease. A certificate of need application was filed with the New York State Department of Health in December 2015.
This will allow Peconic to provide a full range of cardiac care. Any surgical procedures will still be handled at Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, NY, or North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset.
“The acquisition of Eastern Suffolk Cardiology by Northwell Health, along with the planned updates to Peconic Bay Medical Center, including a state-of-the-art cardiac care center, means that the cardiac patients that Eastern Suffolk Cardiology treats and cares for will have available to them the most advanced care possible,” said Prateek Dalal, MD, a cardiologist and partner at Eastern Suffolk Cardiology.
Currently, Northwell Health has more than 170 employed cardiologists who practice out of 40 locations in New York City, Long Island and Westchester in addition to its 21 hospitals.