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Jen Becker making hats for newborns and preemies at her home in Southold this week.

At 4 a.m. the morning after my son was born, a nurse ducked into the room as my wife and I were falling asleep and gave him his first bath. When she was done, she swaddled him up tight and placed a red, green and white knit cap on his tiny bald head.

It was two days before Christmas and baby Jackson had his first hat. Even with a dresser drawer full of infant caps, the hospital freebie kept his skull warm long after the holidays.

Perhaps it’s because it was made by hand, or maybe just because it was sturdier than the others, but we loved that darn hat. While we realize he’ll never wear it again, there’s no way we’re tossing it in the garbage any time soon.

It turns out we’re not alone. (more…)

04/08/14 10:00am
04/08/2014 10:00 AM
Peconic Bay in Riverhead

The entrance to Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead. (Credit: file photo)

Peconic Bay Medical Center has eliminated 12 administrative positions as a result of declining patient admissions, a hospital spokesman said this week.

Another 40 vacant positions will also be eliminated from the health care facility’s budget, according to vice president of External Affairs Demetrios Kadenas.

A hospital press release said the decrease in patient volume is “likely attributable to the implementation of elements of the Affordable Care Act, the extreme winter and insurance changes across the region.”

Read more in the April 10 News-Review newspaper.

For the period of January to February 2014, Long Island hospitals saw a decline of nearly 3,600 admissions, a trend felt on the East End, according to the release.

At the same time, PBMC Health saw significant increases in certain new services, including its Urgent Care Center on the Feil Campus in Manorville — which is currently operating at a level 80 percent higher than originally anticipated, Mr. Kadenas said.

“Clearly, there is a shift from inpatient care to outpatient services in certain instances,” he said.

Over the course of the coming months, Mr. Kadenas said hospital officials will evaluate the impact of lost positions and what is required to fulfill the services they pertain to.

cmiller@timesreview.com