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Peconic Bay Medical Center joins newly rebranded Northwell Health system as their 21st hospital

Partnership will expand Northwell's presence into eastern Long Island while joining existing Suffolk County Hospitals, Northwell, says.

Beth Jones Sanborn, Managing Editor

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Peconic Bay Medical Center, and its parent system PBMC Health, became full members of  the newly-rebranded Northwell Health's system when their CEO's signed a partnership agreement making Peconic Bay Medical Center its 21st hospital, Northwell announced earlier this week.

The agreement was signed by Northwell Health's President and Chief Executive Officer, Michael Dowling and by Peconic Bay Medical Center's President and Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Mitchell. It had been already been given the green light by PBMC's Board of Directors and Northwell Health's Board of Trustees.

Northwell Health, formerly North-Shore LIJ Health System, said the partnership is an investment in the east end of Long Island and an expansion of their presence there, but will not compromise PBMC's roots as a community hospital. The Emergency Department Physicians who support Peconic Bay are officially part of Northwell Health Physician Partners, and those doctors who cover the Radiology Department will officially be staffed by Northwell Health Physician Partners as of February 12, Northwell said.

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"Northwell Health is committed to investing in Peconic Bay Medical Center's future by strengthening and expanding its clinical services, and building a network of outpatient facilities that will establish PBMC Health as a regional destination for top-flight medical care," said Michael Dowling, president and CEO of Northwell Health. "By anchoring Northwell Health's Eastern Region, PBMC will significantly enhance the health system's ability to meet the current and future health needs of residents of central and eastern Long Island."

According to Northwell, Peconic Bay Medical Center is eastern Long Island's primary medical source for healthcare. It serves more than 7,000 inpatients and 168,000 outpatients every year. That includes more than 32,000 ER visits. With the additional 1,300 PBMC employees now part of Northwell, their workforce has swelled to 61,000 employees, making them the largest private employer in New York State.

"In order to meet these public health needs, PBMC Health and Peconic Bay Medical Center, together with Northwell Health are poised at the beginning of a new era that will positively impact the access to health care services. Our plans include the first cardiac cath lab and the first trauma center for the East End. We also plan to have expanded maternity and child health services as well as additional locations for ambulatory and urgent care services," Andrew Mitchell said.

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