Peconic Bay Medical Center has received approval from a state health advisory panel for two cardiac catheterization (cath) suites and the relocation of the hospital’s helipad, a major element of Northwell Health’s SkyHealth critical care helicopter program. Southampton Hospital has also earned approval for its own cardiac cath lab. Cardiac cath labs are used to place stents in a patient’s heart to open blocked passageways and perform a range of other related life-saving procedures.
The New York State Public Health and Health Planning Council’s Establishment and Project Review Committee approved PBMC’s certificate of need application on November 17. The committee’s actions require final approval from the PHHPC and State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker, MD. According to Marsha Kenny, of Southampton Hospital, a number of East End leaders attended the meeting to support Southampton Hospital’s application including Isabel Sepulveda-Scanlon, the co-founder of OLA and publisher of Voz Latina, Rev. Michael Smith of the Shinnecock Indian Nation, and Diane O’Donnell of the East Hampton Village Ambulance Association.
With a seasonal traffic problem on the East End, Ms. Kenny noted in an email this week that having a cath lab in Southampton was critical for residents of the South Fork.
“Having two cath labs, one in Southampton and one Riverhead, would best serve our East End population,” she wrote. “If there can be only one, Southampton would be the logical choice.”
“In January when PBMC joined Northwell Health, we said that this was a new era in healthcare for the entire East End. Today we demonstrate this in the most concrete way with the approval of this extremely important and much-needed medical advance for our community,” President and CEO of PBMC, Andrew Mitchell said. “Given the distance our residents have had to travel for advanced cardiac treatment, and the fact that heart ailments require quick diagnosis and treatment, this facility will make a major difference in the quality of life here on the East End. I am thrilled with the council’s approval of our application and the immense support of Northwell Health. We look forward to starting our project as soon as possible.”
Construction is expected to begin in early January on PBMC’s proposed 17,850-square- foot Critical Care Tower. The first floor will enable expansion of the hospital’s emergency department. The second and third floors will be home to PBMC’s new heart center, which will include the new cath lab suites as well as new, advanced technology cardiac care and intensive care units. In addition, the hospital’s helipad will be relocated to the roof.