05/04/15 12:54pm
05/04/2015 12:54 PM
Joe Van de Wetering, the Garden Festival's founder, outside Peconic Bay Medical Center on Friday. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Joe Van de Wetering, the Garden Festival’s founder, outside Peconic Bay Medical Center on Friday. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

When Joe Van de Wetering told Central Suffolk’s board of trustees he could earn the hospital $100,000 through an on-campus plant sale, they didn’t believe him.

They rejected the idea, but a year later, after some deliberations, the board approved the project — with some restrictions, however.

His plan to feature a Battle of the Bands?

It would have been too loud, he was told.

His pitch to sell shellfish and other farm goods?

The health department would never go for it.

Still, he organized the first Garden Festival  in 1995.

It raised just $7,000.

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04/17/15 6:00am
04/17/2015 6:00 AM

• The 20th annual East End Garden Festival to benefit Peconic Bay Medical Center will take place Thursday-Saturday, May 7-9, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, May 10, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Tanger Outlets in Riverhead, the PBMC Campus in Manorville and on the Great Lawn in Westhampton Beach.  (more…)

04/02/15 4:45pm
04/02/2015 4:45 PM
Peconic Bay in Riverhead

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

Less than a week after PBMC Health publicly announced its plans to join North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health Center, the East End Health Alliance voted to begin the process of breaking down the three-hospital relationship formed seven years ago.

Alliance chair Patricia Stewart, a board member with Southampton Hospital, confirmed news of the agency’s decision on Thursday afternoon. (more…)

04/02/15 8:00am
Peconic Bay Medical Center's emergency room. (Credit: Jim Lennon courtesy photo)

Peconic Bay Medical Center’s emergency room. (Credit: Jim Lennon courtesy photo)

On Friday morning, Andrew Mitchell, PBMC Health’s president and CEO, held one of his organization’s regular “town hall meetings.” The sessions, open to the health care system’s 1,300 employees, are meant to give insiders a glimpse into what’s going on at the former Central Suffolk Hospital, headquartered at the intersection of Route 58 and Roanoke Avenue.

But Friday’s session wasn’t the average town hall meeting. Rumors had started to spread. Whispers had begun to circulate.

Dr. Richard Kubiak, the hospital’s chief medical officer, couldn’t even get into the room. (more…)

03/21/15 6:00am
03/21/2015 6:00 AM

• Peconic Bay Medical Center and the Long Island Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation will present an Insulin Pump Therapy Seminar Monday, March 23, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the hospital’s second-floor Conference Room A. This hands-on seminar on the T1D Series is appropriate for those using or just considering such therapy. RSVP by March 20 to bpaffman@jdrf.org or 631-768-3389.  (more…)

03/06/15 8:28pm
03/06/2015 8:28 PM
Peconic Bay Medical Center representatives (left) met with Riverhead IDA officials Friday evening. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

Peconic Bay Medical Center representatives (left) met with Riverhead IDA officials Friday evening. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

Locked in a dispute over the amount of fees Peconic Bay Medical Center should pay the Riverhead Industrial Development Agency due to a change in the hospital’s IDA financial assistance — a debate that amounted to a difference of $114,631 versus  $2,500 — the two sides went behind closed doors Friday and emerged with a compromise that will end up with the hospital paying $35,000 in IDA fees.

The IDA, which grants tax incentives to lure new businesses to Riverhead Town, can also issue tax-exempt bonding for nonprofit agencies like hospitals. It funds its own budget by charging fees to the businesses it helps. How those fees are determined is spelled out in a schedule of fees available on the IDA website.

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