Eastern Long Island Hospital in Greenport announced last week that like Southampton Hospital, it too would become affiliated with Stony Brook University Hospital.
“Our board has deliberated over the past several months and has focused on a strategic partner that will assist ELIH in fulfilling its mission and that will best address the evolving healthcare needs of our community,” said Thomas E. Murray Jr., the chairman of the hospital’s board in a release. “We believe by joining Stony Brook University Hospital, the stewardship of the hospital’s mission to care for the residents of the North Fork of Long Island is in good hands.”
The development was cheered by Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. and State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle, who both worked to create an affiliation between Southampton Hospital and Stony Brook.
“The face of health care in eastern Suffolk is about to change in a very good way,” said Mr. Thiele.
The decision “ensures that people on the North Fork and Shelter Island will continue to receive expert medical care close to home,” said Mr. LaValle.
“While the delivery of healthcare and especially hospital care is rapidly changing, becoming a part of Stony Brook University Hospital will allow ELIH to make this complex transition while continuing to carry out our long-time promise to the community,” added Paul J. Connor III, the hospital’s president and CEO. “The hospital has been here for 110 years and this affiliation will ensure that the healthcare needs of the community are met for years to come.”
Eastern Long Island Hospital was established in 1905. It is a 90-bed, acute-care hospital with a mission to provide essential healthcare services to the residents of the North Fork and Shelter Island. To learn more, visit www.ELIH.org.
Stony Brook University Hospital serves as Suffolk County’s only tertiary care center and Level 1 trauma center. It is part of Stony Brook Medicine, which represents Stony Brook University’s entire medical enterprise, including its five health sciences schools—Dental Medicine, Health Technology and Management, Medicine, Nursing and Social Welfare — as well as the major centers and institutes, programs and more than 50 community-based healthcare settings throughout Suffolk County. To learn more, visit StonyBrookMedicine.edu.