Eastern Long Island Hospital Board Votes to Advance an Affiliation with Stony Brook University Hospital

Eastern Long Island HospitalEastern Long Island and Stony Brook have been formally affiliated since 2006, providing healthcare services to the North Fork of Suffolk County including Shelter Island. Stony Brook Medicine clinicians have staffed and assisted in the development of Eastern Long Island Hospital’s inpatient behavioral health programs, cared for patients who needed specialty care not available at Eastern Long Island Hospital, and provided support and patient transport services during times of emergency.

This past summer, the Board of Directors of Eastern Long Island Hospital voted unanimously to move forward with an affiliation with Stony Brook University Hospital.

“Eastern Long Island Hospital’s decision to pursue an affiliation with Stony Brook is an important first step toward advancing our collaboration to ensure that residents of the North Fork of Suffolk County and beyond have continued access to high-quality coordinated care close to home,” said Kenneth Kaushansky, MD, Senior Vice President, Health Sciences, and Dean, Stony Brook University School of Medicine.

“We are grateful to SUNY’s visionary leadership in its support of our continued work to establish agreements with community hospitals in Suffolk County for the care of Long Island residents,” said L. Reuven Pasternak, MD, CEO, Stony Brook University Hospital, and Vice President for Health Systems, Stony Brook Medicine. The next step is for Stony Brook Medicine and Eastern Long Island Hospital to develop an integration and affiliation agreement. The agreement also requires the approval of the State University of New York Board of Trustees, as well as various New York State agencies.

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