Stony Brook Southampton Hospital has announced that the David E. Rogers M.D. Center, which provides comprehensive HIV medical and mental health care to residents on the East End, will be renamed the Edith Windsor Center in 2019. The designation aims to honor the life and legacy of Ms. Windsor, who successfully paved the way for same-sex marriage in the United States, taking her battle successfully to the Supreme Court in a landmark civil rights case, United States v. Windsor, where the court held the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was unconstitutional in restricting the definition of marriage to opposite-sex unions.
“By celebrating Edie’s life and work, we will heighten awareness of the Center’s current mission, as well raise funds for program expansion and a move to Hampton Bays,” said Steven M. Bernstein, Chief Development Officer and President of the Southampton Hospital Association. “Edie was a beloved activist within the LGBTQ+ community and dedicated her life to advocating for social justice.”
According to a press release issued by the hospital, The Edith Winsor Center will create an annual award in celebration of an individual who best exemplifies Edie’s commitment to fighting oppression. The first award will be presented during the 2019 Edie’s Backyard BBQ, a Memorial Day weekend benefit. The award recipient will be selected by a committee of appointed leaders and influencers who are dedicated to eradicating discrimination.
The Rose Walton Care Services will continue as a primary focus of the Center by continuing to deliver comprehensive outpatient medical and mental health care and support services to people living with HIV/AIDS, as well as HIV testing and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) services to people at risk, and provide education and outreach to the community. The programs are supported by grants, donations and Ryan White Part A Program (HRSA) funds. From initial diagnosis of HIV through all stages of illness, the Center’s medical team of credentialed HIV specialists provide state-of-the-art care. No one is denied care for lack of financial resources.