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Second EMS First Responder Vehicle Aids in Healthcare Expansion to Eastern Long Island Hospital

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Two First Responder vehicles, staffed with a Stony Brook paramedic, enhance the service of local Fire Departments in Greenport, East Marion, Orient, Mattituck, Cutchogue and Southold.

Stony Brook, NY, June 8, 2016 – On the heels of the State University of New York (SUNY) Board of Trustees’ vote to approve advancing the affiliation between Stony Brook University Hospital and Eastern Long Island Hospital, Stony Brook Medicine is expanding its clinical relationship and service to the North Fork of Long Island.

The most recent development in  Stony Brook’s expanding relationship and commitment to health care on the North Fork comes in the form of a second Emergency Medical Services (EMS) First Responder vehicle and dedicated full-time paramedic staffing to supplement the community’s volunteer corps. The new EMS vehicle began operating in the Greenport, East Marion and Orient communities on May 23, providing greater emergency care coverage to those areas; the communities of Mattituck, Cutchogue and Southold are covered by another First Responder vehicle provided by Stony Brook since February 2016.

“We are pleased to offer this latest expansion of service to the North Fork of Long Island and look forward to formalizing our relationship with Eastern Long Island Hospital as we continue to work through the requisite state approvals,” said Reuven Pasternak, MD, Chief Executive Officer, Stony Brook University Hospital, and Vice President for Health Systems, Stony Brook Medicine. “This affiliation will help create a health care delivery system that will better facilitate the medical needs of Long Islanders, with access to primary and specialty services on the North Fork through an integrated system that provides a full continuum of care.”

“The Stony Brook First Responders will add an enhanced level of emergency response to our existing 911 medical emergency system,” said Paul Connor, President/CEO, Eastern Long Island Hospital. “This is completely financed by Stony Brook and demonstrates their commitment to the North Fork.”  

The First Responder Program staffs Stony Brook Medicine paramedics in New York State Certified First Responder vehicles that are fully fortified with basic and advanced life support equipment.

The vehicle works with six local fire departments — which are staffed by volunteers — between 6am and 6pm on weekdays.  

“We know that the volunteer agencies have the most challenges in getting ambulance crews out during the daytime hours,” said Eric Niegelberg, Associate Director of Operations for Emergency Services and Internal Medicine, Stony Brook Medicine.  “The goal is to supplement existing EMS services, ensure accessibility of medical services, and provide rapid response to 911 calls during the hours when most volunteer paramedics are at their full time jobs.”

 

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Stony Brook University Hospital (SBUH) is Long Island’s premier academic medical center. With 603 beds, SBUH serves as the region’s only tertiary care center and Regional Trauma Center, and is home to the Stony Brook University Heart Institute, Stony Brook University Cancer Center, Stony Brook Children’s Hospital, Stony Brook University Neurosciences Institute, and Stony Brook University Digestive Disorders Institute. SBUH also encompasses Suffolk County’s only Level 4 Regional Perinatal Center, state-designated AIDS Center, state-designated Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program, state-designated Burn Center, the Christopher Pendergast ALS Center of Excellence, and Kidney Transplant Center. It is home of the nation’s first Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis Center. To learn more, visit www.stonybrookmedicine.edu.