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Apr 6, 2016 9:56 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Peconic Bay Medical Center Planning $60 Million Critical Care Tower

Peconic Bay Medical Center is planning a $60 million critical care tower, and officials hope to break ground on it in September. ALYSSA MELILLO
Apr 6, 2016 10:08 AM

Peconic Bay Medical Center is planning an expansion of its emergency department that would include a trauma care program, a high-tech intensive critical care unit, catheterization laboratories and a helipad.

The announcement late last week came just days after Southampton Hospital announced that it had received Level 3 trauma designation from the State Department of Health, making it the first trauma care center on the East End.

The new additions at the Riverhead facility would be enclosed in a three-story, 55,000-square-foot critical care tower estimated to cost nearly $60 million. The hospital could see a provisional trauma care designation by the end of the year.

Andrew Mitchell, Peconic Bay’s president and CEO, said in an interview Tuesday that “this is probably the largest project in the history of the hospital.

“It’s desperately needed,” Mr. Mitchell said. “I think it’s spectacular that Southampton Hospital is also moving to be a trauma center. The East End needs several trauma centers.”

Mr. Mitchell said he hopes that Peconic can break ground on the project in September and work from the top down so that the helipad, which will be placed on the roof of the tower, will be installed first and ready to use as quickly as possible.

“If we can pull this off … we’ll get the foundation and steel structure done before the winter. The helipad would go on first, then the cath lab, then the ICU,” he said.

Mr. Mitchell said that he and other hospital officials have wanted to move in the direction of creating a more regionalized institution since 2008, when a new surgical wing and emergency department were constructed. He said the critical care tower is possible thanks to the hospital having joined the Northwell Health network, formerly known as the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System.

“We always anticipated that we would build this type of facility,” Mr. Mitchell explained. “The plan was validated by our Northwell partnership … and has been put on Northwell’s list [of highest-priority projects]. Northwell’s trauma institution is an amazing operation. They know the drill.”

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PBMC would've been better off continuing the East End Alliance affiliated with Stony Brook! This would have allowed the 3 area hospitals to share resources through Stony Brook instead of this massive waste of money and resources to compete for market share between Stony Brook (Southampton and E.L.I.H.) and Northwell Health (PBMC). In the end, the result is going to be increased health costs to pay for redundant facilities in competing networks. Let the "Bigger Tower" measuring begin.
By Mouthampton (439), Southampton on Apr 6, 16 3:24 PM
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Eli is a great hospital. We needed this change.
By SHTownHB (75), Hampton Bays on Apr 11, 16 8:54 AM