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

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Stony Brook, NY, July 10, 2015 – Stony Brook Medicine was informed that the Eastern Long Island Hospital Board of Directors has voted unanimously to approve an affiliation with Stony Brook University Hospital, subject to the successful completion of the definitive agreement and all regulatory and other approvals.

“Eastern Long Island Hospital’s decision to pursue an affiliation with Stony Brook is an important first step towards 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, MACP, Senior Vice President for Health Sciences and Dean of the 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 Reuven Pasternak, MD, Chief Executive Officer, Stony Brook University Hospital, and Vice President for Health Systems, Stony Brook Medicine.

“Our Board has deliberated over the past several months and has focused on a strategic partner that will assist Eastern Long Island Hospital in fulfilling its mission and that will best address the evolving healthcare needs of our community. We believe by joining Stony Brook University Hospital, the stewardship of the Hospital’s mission to care for the residents of the North Fork of Long Island is in good hands,” said Thomas E. Murray, Jr., Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Eastern Long Island Hospital.

“While the delivery of healthcare and especially hospital care is rapidly changing, becoming a part of Stony Brook University Hospital will allow Eastern Long Island Hospital to make this complex transition while continuing to carry out our long-time promise to the community. The hospital has been here for 110 years and this affiliation will ensure that the healthcare needs of the community are met for years to come,” said Paul J. Connor, III, President and CEO, Eastern Long Island Hospital.

Stony Brook and Eastern Long Island Hospital will immediately initiate a collaborative planning effort to develop a long-term strategic plan to insure current and future healthcare needs are addressed.

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About Eastern Long Island Hospital
Eastern Long Island Hospital, Suffolk County’s first voluntary hospital, was established in 1905. Eastern Long Island is a 90-bed, acute-care Hospital with a mission to provide essential healthcare services to the residents of the North Fork and Shelter Island. To learn more, visit ELIH.org.


About Stony Brook University Hospital
Stony Brook University Hospital serves as Suffolk County’s only tertiary care center and Level 1 Trauma Center. It is part of Stony Brook Medicine, which represents Stony Brook University’s entire medical enterprise, including its five Health Sciences schools — Dental Medicine, Health Technology and Management, Medicine, Nursing and Social Welfare — as well as the major centers and institutes, programs and more than 50 community-based healthcare settings throughout Suffolk County. To learn more, visit StonyBrookMedicine.edu.

 

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