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. Peconic Bay Medical Center now serves as the region's prmary medical source for healthcare, taking care of more than 7,000 inpatients and 168,000 outpatients annually.  The hospital partnered in January, 2016 with North Shore/LIJ Health System, now named Northwell Health. Peconic Bay Medical Center is a New York State-designated stroke center that offers services and programs along with state-of-the-art technology. The PBMC continuum includes an advanced surgery facility, centers of excellence in joint replacement and bariatric surgery and a growing network of family care and specialty physician practices throught Suffolk County. In addition to community-based services, the hospital operates a certified home health agency, a 60-bed nursing and rehabilitation center, palliative care center and an advanced ambulatory and urgent care campus. Peconic Bay Medical Center offers the community a choice in healthcare.

Our Continuing Commitment

PBMC Health and Peconic Bay Medical Center  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.