RIVERHEAD, NY —
The Entenmann bakery business began in Brooklyn in 1898, and its baked goods became after-dinner favorites in households throughout the nation. When the Entenmann family decided to sell the renowned business in 1978, then-company chairman Robert Entenmann began looking for new outlets for his energies. He purchased a farm on Long Island's rural North Fork and began breeding horses and later, growing grapes. He also took an interest in the region's health care resources. Over the years, he became one of the East End's leading community benefactors and philanthropists.
On Mr. Entenmann's passing in 2016, his children, Jackie and Robert, wanted to honor their father's legacy on the East End. In 2017, through a gift from the Robert Entenmann Advisory Committee to the New York Community Trust, his children donated $5 million to Peconic Bay Medical Center's New Era Campaign benefitting cardiac care for the region.
Mr. Entenmann and his family have been longtime benefactors of Northwell Health, supporting both Southside Hospital in Bay Shore and North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset. Peconic Bay Medical Center (PBMC) was also a recipient of many of his charitable gifts and donations. With the latest gift, the Entenmann family extends its legacy of supporting cardiac care on Long Island.
Today, in recognition of this gift, the downtown campus of PBMC was named the Robert Entenmann Campus in a dedication ceremony.
"Robert Entenmann was not just a community benefactor, he was a community visionary," said Andrew J. Mitchell, President and CEO of PBMC. "All of us here on the East End are fortunate to have had him as a neighbor, a friend, and a leader of our community. It will warm my heart to see his name every morning when I come to work. It will remind all who come to work here of the legacy we want to live up to."
The new Robert Entenmann campus, which will serve as PBMC's administrative headquarters, is located in the former Suffolk County National Bank building at 4 West Second Street in downtown Riverhead. The location will provide nearly 40,000 square feet of office space for non-clinical medical staff. Administrative staffers have already relocated, including Mr. Mitchell and other PBMC leaders; the Peconic Bay Medical Center Foundation; the medical center's finance, billing, and HR operations, as well as the offices of Peconic Bay Home Health Services, Suffolk County's largest certified home health agency.
"Bob Entenmann was the embodiment of generosity," said Emilie Roy Corey, Chair of the Peconic Bay Medical Center Foundation. "We are grateful that his family has continued his generosity, and we join them in honoring him with today's dedication ceremonies."
Once the move is complete, about 150 staff members are expected to have offices in the new campus facilities.
"We're growing rapidly, and this new downtown campus will be vital for our continued growth," said Mr. Mitchell. "Not only will it free up room within the medical center for additional services and staff, it will also make more parking available for our patients and visitors."
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 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 23 hospitals, 665 outpatient facilities and nearly 15,000 affiliated physicians. We care for over two million people annually in the New York metro area and beyond, thanks to philanthropic support from our communities. Our 66,000 employees – 15,000-plus nurses and 4,000 employed doctors, including 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 for Medical Research. We're training the next generation of medical professionals at the visionary Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell and the Hofstra Northwell School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies. For information on our more than 100 medical specialties, visit Northwell.edu.