Hospital History

    "First There Was a Dream..."

    The Beginning

    First, there was a dream. In the mid-1940s three visionary local residents, a lawyer, a farmer and a clergyman, conceived of building a hospital in Riverhead.  They knew good medical care was a basic requirement of a strong community.  They wanted their families and neighbors to have access to quality doctors and modern medical technology. These three men recruited other local leaders and the idea of a hospital grew.

    The founders encountered many obstacles along the way. They fought distant bureaucrats who claimed a hospital was not needed in the area. They struggled to raise funds at a time when land and building costs were skyrocketing.  But they achieved their dream. In 1951, Central Suffolk Hospital opened its doors. In its first year of operation, the 58-bed hospital treated 1,890 patients and performed 770 operations. Throughout the next five decades, the hospital expanded and progressed, every step forward accomplished in partnership with a community that remains dedicated and supportive.

    Achieving Excellence

    The hospital is now known as Peconic Bay Medical Center, a highly regarded 182-bed community hospital—the largest in eastern Suffolk County. The medical center is home to the award-winning Kanas Center for Advanced Surgery, which includes the world-class daVinci Robotic Surgery System, as well as Centers of Excellence in Orthopedic Hip and Knee Replacement and Bariatric Surgery.

    Our renovated and expanded Emergency Center, staffed with trauma-trained specialists through a unique partnership with Stony Brook University Hospital—Long Island's only academic medical center—is a New York State-designated Stroke Center. Stony Brook physicians also staff and manage our Center for Advanced Medical Imaging (CAMI).

    A Comprehensive Continuum

    The dream has expanded beyond the walls of the hospital to encompass a comprehensive and continuously growing continuum of care under the name PBMC Health. Focused on addressing the needs of the people and families we serve through all the stages of life, PBMC Health includes a 60-bed Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, a palliative care center, the region's most far-reaching home care agency, a network of community-based family care physician practices, out-patient rehabilitation and wellness facilities, and a new Campus for Advanced Ambulatory and Preventive Care, which will provide primary care,urgent care, pediatrics and Ob-Gyn services starting in the first quarter of 2013,followed by an expanding range of advanced specialty services.

    Our Continuing Commitment

    Peconic Bay Medical Center and PBMC Health are still about people with dreams—the loyal patients who put their trust in us, the dedicated doctors, nurses and staff who work every day to care for their neighbors, and the selfless benefactors and volunteers who give generously so that good health care will be available to all.

    We remain committed to continuous improvement in our quality and our capabilities for serving all the health and wellness needs of the members of our communities.