While hospitals throughout Long Island are generally showing declines in
patient admissions, Riverhead’s Peconic Bay Medical Center has
experienced a 4.3 percent increase. It is the fastest growing hospital
in Suffolk County and the second fastest in all of Long Island.
figures were released by the Nassau Suffolk Hospital Council this week
and reflect 2010 growth as of July 31. Only South Nassau Communities
Hospital in Oceanside exceeded the PBMC growth rate, with admission
increasing this year by 5.8 percent.
PBMC president and CEO Andrew
Mitchell said a double digit increase in census figures for the area the
hospital serves is part of the reason for the increase in admissions.
He also pointed to the opening of the Kanas Center for Advanced Surgery
last September that has attracted many doctors to want to work at PBMC.
The addition of a robotic surgery specialty at the hospital should continue to reap benefits for Peconic Bay, Mr. Mitchell said.