RIVERHEAD, NY —
Northwell Health's Peconic Bay Medical Center broke ground today to begin the two-year project of the critical care tower. The new "cath labs" will be the first facilities of their kind on the East End, and they have the potential to save hundreds of lives each year. They will form the centerpiece of a comprehensive Cardiac Care Center, named the Kanas Regional Heart Center, housed in Peconic Bay Medical Center's new $60-million Critical Care Tower.
The new three-story Critical Care Tower will be built over the existing Emergency Department, doubling its size. The tower will include a rooftop helipad, two ultra-modern operating cardiac cath suites, an electrophysiology suite, recovery rooms and an 18-bed Intensive Care/Cardiac Care Unit. An expert team of interventional cardiologists will be working with experienced Registered Nurses and staff in the cath labs. In anticipation of the expansion, as of February 2017, Peconic Bay Medical Center began operating as a Level III Trauma Center after earning provisional status from the NYS Department of Health. It is the only trauma and stroke center on the North Fork.
"The groundbreaking event for our new Critical Care Tower, featuring the Kanas Regional Heart Center, is a fitting way to bring increased awareness to the opening of our new Cath Labs," said Andrew J. Mitchell, President and CEO of Peconic Bay Medical Center. "It is a very visible fulfillment of our promise to bring a higher standard of medical services to the East End."
"Cath Labs" are used to perform interventional cardiology procedures such as stenting and balloon angioplasty, which are advanced-technology techniques designed to open blocked coronary arteries, the blood vessels that carry oxygen and vital nutrients to the heart. Blockages that last more than a few moments can result in heart attacks and death. Electrophysiology labs are used to diagnose and treat heart arrhythmias. The Cath Labs at Peconic Bay Medical Center will provide local access to this life-saving resource for nearly a quarter of a million residents of Long Island's East End.
"Our community has long needed the kind of services we will now be able to provide through this comprehensive Critical Care Tower," said Sherry Patterson, chair of the Peconic Bay Medical Center and a long-time advocate for the cardiac catheterization facility. "We are grateful for the support of so many generous members of the community in helping us fund this project. Their dreams and ours are about to become a reality."
Stanley Katz, MD, chair of cardiology and chief of interventional cardiology at Peconic Bay Medical Center, has been instrumental in the planning and design of the new cath labs. The long-time senior vice president, executive director and chair of Northwell Health's cardiology services has helped develop a vast network that resulted in providing world-class cardiology care across our region. Dr. Katz will now be focused on expanding the Northwell Health cardiology services on the East End.
Since joining together in January of 2016, Northwell Health has moved rapidly to make Peconic Bay Medical Center the regional medical center for the East End. "We're putting the very best in cardiac care in place right here at Peconic Bay Medical Center, as well as quality stroke and trauma services," said Northwell Health President & CEO Michael Dowling. "Enhancing programs at PBMC is central to Northwell Health's mission to give Suffolk residents easier access to high-quality care. We've already expanded ambulatory services throughout the county. PBMC anchors this growth, helping to meet the community's health care needs now and in the future."
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About Peconic Bay Medical Center
Located in Riverhead, NY, Peconic Bay Medical Center is a non-profit hospital committed to providing exceptional care and improving the health of the communities it serves. Peconic Bay Medical Center offers wide-ranging, full-scope services and programs along with state-of-art technology. Peconic Bay Medical Center joined Northwell Health (formerly North Shore-LIJ), in 2016. For more information, visit PBMCHealth.org.
About Northwell Health
Northwell Health is New York State's largest health care provider and private employer, with 21 hospitals and over 550 outpatient facilities. We care for more than two million people annually in the metro New York area and beyond, thanks to philanthropic support from our communities. Our 61,000 employees – 15,000+ nurses and nearly 3,400 physicians, including nearly 2,700 dedicated members of Northwell Health Physician Partners – are working to change health care for the better. We're making breakthroughs in medicine at the Feinstein Institute. We're training the next generation of medical professionals at the visionary Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine and the School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies. And we offer health insurance through CareConnect. For information on our more than 100 medical specialties, visit Northwell.edu.