10/24/13 4:26pm
10/24/2013 4:26 PM
Peconic Bay in Riverhead

BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | The entrance to Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead.

Peconic Bay Medical Center has been recognized nationally for its partnership with physicians, allowing each to deliver high quality care at low costs to patients, according to a global health care consulting firm.

The Advisory Board Company, the health care firm, awarded PBMC the Southwind Transformation Award in Cost Effective Community Care.

As costs of providing care continue to rise, the margins hospitals work within have begun to tighten, according to The Advisory Board Company. Partnerships with physicians allow hospitals to coordinate care, lowering costs, the firm said.

“PBMC developed a plan to ensure the hospital’s financial sustainability, mobilizing a system-wide effort analyzing all departments and divisions to identify improvement opportunities,” a press release from the firm reads. “The initiative included optimizing care coordination, leadership structure, emergency services, ancillary services, supply chain, perioperative services, and the physician enterprise.”

The changes help reduced operating costs by improving the flow of patients and reducing readmission rates, and improving the financial stability of the hospital’s physician employment program, according to the release.

“[The organization’s] work to deepen their collaborative partnerships with physicians makes [it a] national leader in executing key initiatives for value-based care strategy,” said John Deane, chief executive officer of the firm’s consulting division.

To learn more about the hospital’s initiate, visit the firms website.

cmiller@timesreview.com

09/29/13 9:58am
KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | The Massoud family at the 30th anniversary celebration of Paumanok Vineyards Saturday night.

KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | The Massoud family at the 30th anniversary celebration of Paumanok Vineyards Saturday night.

Paumanok Vineyards celebrated its 30th anniversary Saturday night with a gala party to thank local chefs for their years of support. The Massoud family, owners of the Aquebogue vineyard, will donate all proceeds from the event to Peconic Bay Medical Center.

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Several hundred guests gathered under a festive white tent at the edge of the vineyard and were treated to tastings from some of Long Island’s most celebrated chefs, including many from the North Fork.

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Master of Ceremonies Doug Geed, anchorman for News 12 and host of The East End, spoke of his affection for the North Fork and for the Massoud family, whom he has known for over 25 years.

Peconic Bay Medical Center president and CEO Andrew Mitchell gave a short and sometimes funny history of the Massoud family’s journey and of winemaking on Long Island.

Suffolk County legislator Al Krupski presented the Massouds with a proclamation and brought the entire family up to the stage to receive it.

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09/22/13 12:00pm
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PBMC Health CEO Andrew Mitchell, board of directors president Sherry Patterson, and foundation member Marguerite Strauss speaking at the benefit.

PBMC Health CEO Andrew Mitchell, board of directors president Sherry Patterson, and foundation member Joan Levan speaking at the benefit.

Peconic Bay Medical Center officials joined employees and community members for a night of dinner and dancing to benefit the hospital Friday.

Hospital CEO Andrew Mitchell, PBMC Health board of directors president Sherry Patterson and Marguerite Strauss, the first member of the hospital’s foundation, spoke at the event.

The night featured a silent auction with vacations, tickets to restaurants and golfing events – including 18 holes with Michael J. Fox.

09/20/13 4:25pm
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RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | The site of a car crash Friday afternoon in Jamesport.

RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | The site of a car crash Friday afternoon in Jamesport.

Four people were sent to the hospital after a four-door sedan crashed into a telephone pole shortly after 3 p.m. in Jamesport.

According to Riverhead police, the car was heading eastbound, just east of Jamesport Vineyards, when it veered off the road and into the pole.

Police are still investigating the cause of the crash, which shut down Main Road for close to an hour while traffic was diverted around the scene.

Police said the driver and passengers of the car were sent to Peconic Bay Medical Center by Mattituck Ambulance for non-life threatening injuries.

LIPA was on scene repairing the pole, and as of 4:15 p.m., Main Road had been cleared back up.

RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | A car is towed away after its driver hit a telephone pole on Main Road today.

RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | A car is towed away after its driver hit a telephone pole on Main Road today.

09/12/13 7:00pm
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BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | PBMC Health board of directors president Sherry Patterson (center) and donors Jeffrey Feil (representing the Louis and Gertrude Feil Charitable Trust) and John Kanas cutting the ribbon Thursday afternoon.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | PBMC Health board of directors president Sherry Patterson (center) and donors Jeffrey Feil (representing the Louis and Gertrude Feil Charitable Trust) and John Kanas cutting the ribbon Thursday afternoon in Manorville.

PBMC Health’s Manorville ambulatory campus is officially open to patients.

The opening was marked by a ribbon cutting ceremony led by hospital officials on Thursday.

Manorville area residents have long lacked access to nearby medical care, having had to travel to Riverhead or Stony Brook in the case of an emergency, PBMC Health officials said.

The much-anticipated center currently offers patients urgent care, primary care, urology, internal medicine and orthopedic care in one building, but the campus will ultimately grow and become a four-building comprehensive healthcare center.

“We want the community to know we are here and ready to care for them,” said Jacqueline Selva, executive director of the Riverhead Management Company.

The urgent care center is designed to handle health issues such as sprains, stitches, sore throats and broken bones, said Ms. Selva said.

It is fitted with 13 exam rooms, a radiology room with a full body x-ray machine, and two procedure rooms.

It is currently open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and once it becomes more established, officials intend to keep the urgent care center open 24 hours, she said.

The campus has been designed for “one-stop medical shop,” Ms. Selva said.

Patients can come not only for urgent care, but can have primary care physicians assume their care moving on. Should patients need a referral to a specialist, the hope is that, once the campus is finished, the patient will just have to walk a few steps away for the specialized care.

“We wanted it to be convenient,” she said. “Where patients are going to want to establish their care.”

Caregivers have already seen the model’s convenience in action, Ms. Selva said, pointing to a recent example in which an urgent care patient who came in complaining of a swelling hand.

“The person had came in with a swollen hand, we sent them down the hall for an x-ray and it turned out to be a broken hand,” Ms. Selva said. “After that the patient was referred to our orthopedist who was also down the hall.”

Many primary care and urgent care facilities are not equipped with radiology and X-ray equipment, she said.

The next building is slated to open about eight months from now, and will house a center for digestive disorders and space for general surgery.

Plans for the other buildings are currently being developed, hospital officials said.

“ [The campus] provides us with an opportunity to offer services well beyond just hospital care,” said Andrew Mitchell, president and CEO of PBMC Health and Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead, which falls under the PBMC Health umbrella.

 

“These four buildings will be dedicated to the care of this community,” Mr. Mitchell said.

The completion of the campus was made possible by a $5 million donation from The Louis Feil Charitable Lead Annuity Trust. The center has been named The Gertrude & Louis Feil Campus for Ambulatory Care, in appreciation of the Feil family’s donation.

The Trust has given philanthropic gifts to other health institutions, including South Nassau Hospital in Oceanside.

The new medical center also brings new job opportunities to the area. The center has hired five new employees to fill reception and medical assistant positions. As the patient population grows, they anticipate several other positions opening as well, Ms. Selva said.

Helene Davison, a new employee working both reception and as a medical assistant, said she has 10 years of experience in private practice, and has never worked at such a “high spirited” place.

cmiller@timesreview.com

07/27/13 3:35pm
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RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | A black Cadillac sedan was damaged in an accident Saturday afternoon at the intersection of Route 58 and Osborne Avenue.

One person was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center with minor injuries after two cars crashed at the intersection of Route 58 and Osborne Avenue in Riverhead Saturday afternoon, Riverhead Town Police said.

Police couldn’t specify the cause of the accident, which occurred about 2:30 p.m.

A black Cadillac sedan was extensively damaged and parts of the car were scattered on Route 58, where traffic was moving steadily at 3 p.m. Police said the second car involved in the accident was in fair condition and that the driver was able to drive away safely from the scene.

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06/21/13 4:00pm
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CLAIRE LEADEN PHOTO | Riverhead students pose for the cameras at Thursday’s pre-prom photo op.

Riverhead High School hosted its senior prom Thursday — with a new twist.

The school sponsored a pre-prom photo-op and reception called “Sparkle and Shine.”

The event, coordinated through the Riverhead Community Coalition for Safe and Drug-Free Youth, was meant to address the issues of drinking and drug use during the high-risk social outing that is the prom.

“We just want to keep the kids safe,” said Clare Lundberg, who helped coordinate the reception. “This is the first year we’re doing this and we’re really hoping to grow it.”

Peconic Bay Medical Center and Ivy Acres provided a photo backdrop and plant and flower arrangements for the stage in the auditorium. Prom-goers were able to walk on stage, strike their best pose for the local newspapers’ paparazzi, and then continue out of the auditorium for personal portrait shots.

Emcee Matt Piscani of Clean Slate Living (a non-profit that helps adolescents in local communities) made sure to get everyone excited as he announced each couple. After enjoying some refreshments, students boarded Hampton Jitney buses to take them safely to Smithtown to dance the night away.

Parents seemed to enjoy the new tradition.

“I thought it was very nice,” said mother Jeanne Schumacher. “And I absolutely thought it was a safer choice for the kids.”

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05/13/13 12:59pm
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Fire at Peconic Bay

TIM GANNON PHOTO | Riverhead firefighters at Peconic Bay Medical Center Monday.

The Riverhead Fire Department responded to a report of smoke in Peconic Bay Medical Center radiology department shortly before noon Monday.

Firefighters went on the roof with a thermal camera to try to find signs of heat, according to First Assistant Fire Chief Joe Raynor.

He said a faulty heating or air conditioner unit may have caused the smoke, which staffers had smelled.

The fire department was on scene for about 45 minutes.

This call came on the heels of another Riverhead Fire Department call just after 11:30 a.m. at the recreation center in Glenwood Village. Riverhead Town fire marshal Craig Zitek said that smoke had been caused by a washing machine belt.

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