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Nov 30, 2009 10:44 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Hospital receives $5 million for Emergency Department

Editor's Note: This article was published in the November 26 issue of The Southampton Press and the November 25 issue of The East Hampton Press.
Nov 30, 2009 10:44 AM

Southampton Hospital received the biggest gift in its 100-year history this week, a $5 million donation from Jenny and John Paulson that will fund an Emergency Department expansion.

Southampton Hospital spokeswoman Marsha Kenny said the hospital secured the donation from the Paulsons earlier this month after about two weeks of discussions between hospital officials and Mr. Paulson.

“It’s been an ongoing dialogue, but only two weeks ago he made the commitment,” Ms. Kenny said. “It’s really terrific.”

The donation will enable the hospital to complete “Phase III” of the $8.5 million project, which began in August. The initial stages of the project were funded by $3.5 million in New York State HEAL grants.

The money will enable the hospital to nearly double the Emergency Department’s space, from 6,250 square feet to 10,100 square feet, and significantly expand its care to residents and visitors of the South Fork. The design includes separate weather-protected entrances for walk-in patients and ambulance arrivals, improved traffic flow, and enhanced security, Director of Operations Dave Lopez said.

“Now the ambulances will have direct access to the trauma rooms,” Mr. Lopez said.

Scheduled for completion by May 2010, the Jenny and John Paulson Emergency Department will provide a centralized trauma nurses’ station and triage area, expanded diagnostic and treatment areas, a “fast track” area for less acute illnesses or injuries, and additional patient and trauma rooms.

Southampton Hospital’s Emergency Department logs approximately 25,000 patient visits annually, with board-certified emergency physicians and specially trained nursing staff providing care, according to a press release.

“It’s a wonderful gift,” Mr. Lopez said. “The generosity of the Paulson family is greatly appreciated, not only by the hospital, but the entire community will reap the benefits of it.”

The Paulsons did not return requests for comment. Mr. Paulson is a part-time Southampton resident and chairman of the New York City-based investment firm Paulson & Co. Inc.

In a prepared statement issued on Friday, Mr. Paulson spoke of the importance of the hospital to the surrounding community.

“As Southampton residents, we have all benefited from the services of the hospital. We are lucky to have such a talented and dedicated team of doctors and caregivers to attend to our emergency needs,” Mr. Paulson said in the statement. “Southampton Hospital is essential to all of us living in the East End, and we are honored to be part of its quest for excellence.”

Southampton Hospital President and CEO Robert S. Chaloner said in the press release that the donation will enhance hospital services and that the donation “firmly establishes our ability to provide the best possible care to the East End.”

“Southampton Hospital’s Board of Directors and staff are thrilled that the Paulsons have chosen our Emergency Department to receive such a substantial, generous donation,” Mr. Chaloner said in the press release. “This donation will have an extraordinary impact on our diagnostic and treatment capabilities. As the sole provider of emergency care on the South Fork, we must substantially expand and enhance our services to meet the growing need of our communities.”

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Amazing! Thank you to the Paulsons.
By Uncle Fester (61), Southampton on Nov 20, 09 4:27 PM
A very thoughtful gift-thank you
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Nov 20, 09 4:48 PM
The Paulson's are tremendously generous for stepping forward in this manner to assist the hospital. This is quite possibly the best news the hospital has gotten in so many years since the Ferry fiasco and near financial collapse of his community asset.

Now if only the public would begin to regain a similar confidence in the hospital's ability to heal -- rather than flee Up West when faced with a medical emergency.
By JimmyKBond (156), Hampton Bays on Nov 20, 09 5:49 PM
A huge thank you to John and Jenny Paulson for their awesome generosity!!

Their gift combined with the talented people who work there make the hospital the most thriving and successful institution in our community.

This thoughtful gesture by our neighbor should be an inspiration to us all. As a community we need to support for this important institution by whatever means we can.

By jowamba (7), Southampton on Nov 20, 09 9:28 PM
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Thank you to Jenny and John Paulson for this incredibly wonderful and generous gift - - on the Hospital’s 100th Anniversary - - and at Thanksgiving!
By Robert I Ross (250), Hampton Bays on Nov 21, 09 8:55 AM
Now along with that great gift comes the responsibility of the disbursements of such a great gift. Yes, thank you Jenny and John. Hopefully they'll spend it wisely. Oh, by the way could you spare some for more parking and a real vascular surgeon.
By Johnny Nova (83), Northampton on Nov 23, 09 7:23 PM
Thanks to the Paulsons for their generous gift. I hope that the new Emergency Room will be a stand-alone facility, or at least one that can be made to stand alone with minimal alterations down the road.

The future of the Alliance hospitals is bleak, but the communities of the East End will always need a local acute care facility.
By highhatsize (4217), East Quogue on Nov 24, 09 12:16 PM
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Sincere "Thank-You" to the Paulsons for their generous gift to the Southampton Hospital. For all the charity parties that are held in "the Hampton's" this donation shows the character of the Paulson's....they are in themselves a blessing and a gift to our community!!!!!!! Thank-You again for being so caring to our community!
By UNITED states CITIZEN (207), SOUTHAMPTON on Dec 1, 09 7:45 AM