East Hampton Emergency Room To Break Ground This Winter

A rendering of the planned new Stony Brook Southampton Hospital satellite emergency room facility in East Hampton, which officials say will commence construction this winter. Stony Brook Southampton Hospital

Construction of the long-planned satellite emergency room facility in East Hampton could begin as early as this winter, officials said this week.

The facility won approval from the East Hampton Town Planning Board last month. Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, which will construct and operate the facility, says that the funding for construction is in place.

East Hampton Town Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc said on Tuesday that with the approvals in place, the hospital expects to break ground on the project in the first quarter of this year.

Hospital officials would not specify the timing of their plans, which are still pending approval by the town’s Architectural Review Board, but celebrated the imminent commencement of the project. The hospital has said it hopes to have the facility up and running by 2023.

“We are grateful to all the donors whose generosity helped us exceed our fundraising goal for the East Hampton Emergency Department, which will provide the community with essential care and medical services,” a statement sent out on Wednesday from the hospital’s chief administrative officer, Robert Chaloner, reads. “We appreciate the support of the Town of East Hampton, its Planning Board and citizens. Upon receiving final approval from the town’s Architectural Review Board, we will announce the next phase of this exciting project.”

When unveiled in 2016, the hospital had estimated that the project would cost about $30 million to build. It received a $10 million grant from the state and had planned to raise the bulk of the remainder through private fundraising.

The satellite emergency room will offer a full array of emergency treatment and diagnostic capabilities, including CT scans and X-rays, a trauma room, as well as cardiac monitoring and ultrasound, and blood laboratories. It is expected to be staffed by up to 15 employees, 24 hours a day.

The 22,000-square-foot facility will be built at 400 Pantigo Place, a 4.5-acre town-owned property that currently hosts two Little League ballfields, which the hospital has leased at nominal cost for 99 years.

The hospital has touted the facility as a critical time-saver for both those suffering medical emergencies and the ambulance drivers that transport them, especially as the hospital plans a move of main facilities even farther west, from Southampton Village to the Stony Brook Southampton College campus in Shinnecock Hills.

The hospital has pledged $1.7 million toward the construction of two new ballfields, which a town committee has recommended be built off Stephen Hands Path in Wainscott.