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Little Hats, Big HeartsTM program raises awareness of dangers of stroke and congenital heart defects

RIVERHEAD, NY – Heart disease and stroke are the number one and number 5 killers of Americans. Congenital heart defects are the most common type of birth defect in the country. One in every one hundred babies are born with heart defects. To raise awareness of heart-related dangers, the American Heart Association’s Little Hats, Big Hearts™ program honors babies, moms, and heart healthy lives in a very special way. (Read More)

Local program provides free wigs and other head coverings for cancer patients

MANORVILLE, NY – Every year, thousands of Suffolk County women face the fear and stress of cancer treatment. Hair loss can add an extra measure of burden and discomfort to their life-threatening experience. One study revealed that nearly 60 percent of women consider hair loss the most dreaded side effect they face when undergoing chemotherapy. To help address the problem, Peconic Bay Medical Center’s Grossman Imaging Center is partnering with the American Cancer Society to provide free head coverings along with emotional support for women facing hair loss from cancer treatment. (Read More)

Peconic Bay Medical Center Appoints Administrative Director for New Cardiac Cath Labs

RIVERHEAD, NY – Rusty Hilcken, RN, has named Administrative Director of Peconic Bay Medical Center’s new interventional cardiac catheterization services unit. Peconic Bay, the eastern hub of Northwell Health, New York State’s largest health care organization, has been approved for the development of two cardiac catheterization suites, which will bring much-needed life-saving services for heart attack victims to Long Island’s East End. (Read More)

Susan Somerville, RN, Joins Peconic Bay Medical Center as VP of Clinical Transformation as Hospital Becomes Regional Medical Center

RIVERHEAD, NY - Peconic Bay Medical Center has named Susan Somerville, RN, to the newly created position of vice president for clinical transformation. She will oversee the implementation of advanced clinical services as Peconic Bay Medical Center and Northwell Health continue to establish the East End’s largest, most comprehensive regional medical center. (Read More)

Early Screenings for Colon Cancer Can Make a Life-Saving Difference

RIVERHEAD, NY – Donna Farley was pregnant with her third child when her doctor suggested a colonoscopy. She had been suffering with symptoms of abdominal pain and bleeding, but she was surprised by the recommendation. (Read More)

Peconic Bay Medical Center Celebrates State Approval For New Cardiac Care Center.

RIVERHEAD, NY – Northwell Health’s Peconic Bay Medical Center received approval from New York State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker, MD, to establish two laboratory cardiac catheterization and electrophysiology suites, and construct a rooftop helipad. The new “cath labs” will be the first facilities of their kind on the East End, and they have the potential to save hundreds of lives each year. They will form the centerpiece of a comprehensive Cardiac Care Center, which will be named the Kanas Regional Heart Center, housed in Peconic Bay Medical Center’s new $60-million Critical Care Tower. (Read More)

Early Screenings for Colon Cancer Can Make a Life-Saving Difference

RIVERHEAD, NY – Donna Farley was pregnant with her third child when her doctor suggested a colonoscopy. She had been suffering with symptoms of abdominal pain and bleeding, but she was surprised by the recommendation. (Read More)

Peconic Bay Medical Center Granted Provisional Status as Level III Trauma Center

RIVERHEAD, NY – Peconic Bay Medical Center (PBMC) will begin operating as a Level III Trauma Center after earning provisional status from the New York State Department of Health, making it the only trauma and stroke center on the North Fork. The provisional status recognizes PBMC’s dedication to working toward meeting nationally recognized standards in providing care to the most critically injured patients and in having a continuous process in place for monitoring and improving that care. (Read More)

Robert M. Galler, DO, MPH, Named Neurosurgery Director at Peconic Bay Medical Center

RIVERHEAD, NY - Robert M. Galler, DO, MPH, has been appointed director of neurosurgery at Peconic Bay Medical Center and neurosurgical spine for Northwell Health’s Eastern Region. (Read More)

Peconic Bay Medical Center Names Noted Cardiologist as New Medical Director

Jean M. Cacciabaudo, MD, appointed medical director as East End’s largest hospital becomes regional medical center RIVERHEAD, NY – Peconic Bay Medical Center has named Jean M. Cacciabaudo, MD, as its new medical director. A fellowship-trained cardiologist, Dr. Cacciabaudo was formerly the chief of cardiology at Southside Hospital, and director of nuclear cardiology and associate medical director at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. (Read More)

Peconic Bay Medical Center Receives Approval for New Cardiac Cath Lab

RIVERHEAD, NY – Peconic Bay Medical Center (PBMC) has received approval from a state health advisory panel for two cardiac catheterization (cath) suites and the relocation of the hospital’s helipad, a major element of Northwell Health’s unique SkyHealth critical care helicopter program. (Read More)

OCTOBER IS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH - Cancer Services Program Screens the Uninsured

(RIVERHEAD, NY – September 27, 2016) Each year in New York, nearly 15,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer and about 2,700 women die from the disease. These women are our wives, mothers, sisters, and friends. (Read More)

Peconic Bay Medical Center completes first percutaneous procedure on an umbilical hernia in the United States

(RIVERHEAD, NY – August 22, 2016) Peconic Bay Medical Center’s, President of Medical Staff and Director of General Robotic Surgery, Dr. Agostino Cervone performed the first umbilical hernia repair using percutaneous laparoscopic instrumentation in the US. This procedure provides a less invasive approach to minimally invasive surgery with microscopic incisions and normal size instrument tool tips while maintaining his standard laparoscopic technique. (Read More)

Peconic Bay Medical Center announces $5 Million cornerstone gift to its Cardiac Care Program

(RIVERHEAD, NY – June 28, 2016) Peconic Bay Medical Center announced the John and Elaine Kanas Family Foundation’s $5,000,000 gift to its Cardiac Care Program at the hospital’s Golf Classic at Sebonack Golf Club on June 27. This gift is among the largest in the hospital’s history. This gift will help Peconic Bay Medical Center to establish the first comprehensive cardiac program on eastern Long Island – whose seasonal population doubles during warmer months. Currently, residents and visitors experiencing cardiac emergencies must travel a significant distance for care when needed. “Establishing a comprehensive cardiac program is a game changer for our region,” noted Mr. Kanas. “During a heart attack, time is life. If cardiac care can be performed here in a timely way, we will save lives and strengthen the communities we serve.”

PBMC Northwell Health Jamesport Triathlon Returns to the Area this July

(RIVERHEAD, NY – June 21, 2016) Peconic Bay Medical Center- Northwell Health Jamesport Triathlon will return to Jamesport for the 2nd time this summer. This race is known to be the largest triathlon on the north fork of Long Island. It is the only sprint distance triathlon. This is the perfect race for people who are just getting into the sport or for seasoned veterans who like the challenge of a quick race. (Read More)

Riverhead Rocks Triathlon Returns by Popular Demand

(RIVERHEAD, NY – May 16, 2016) Riverhead Rocks Triathlon presented by PBMC - Northwell Health will return to Riverhead for the 5th time this summer. While the athletes continue to register, The Town of Riverhead and Event Power are busy making preparations, as well as the volunteers and other organizers who have to get the course ready. (Read More)

Local Organizations Help Children by Donating $23,000 for Project Fit America

(RIVERHEAD, NY – May 9, 2016) During the month of April, a coalition of local organizations has donated a combined $23,000 to assist with establishing specialized fitness equipment and curricula at three East End elementary schools. Through a partnership with Peconic Bay Medical Center; GymGuyz East End, the Mattituck Lions Club and Kait’s Angels will help bring Project Fit America to the Greenport and Cutchogue East Elementary schools as well as the Riverhead Charter School. (Read More)

Annual Gala Scheduled in the Spring will mark Peconic Bay Medical Center’s 21st Gala

(RIVERHEAD, NY – April 7, 2016) Peconic Bay Medical Center is holding its annual Spring Gala at the Suffolk Theatre in Riverhead, New York on May 14, 2016. This year is unique in the history of Peconic Bay Medical Center as this is the year the hospital formally joined Northwell Health, New York’s largest health system. The new partnership will be honored at the 2016 Spring Gala. (Read More)

Northwell Health Launches Contest to Fund Next Medical Breakthrough

Northwell Health (formerly North Shore-LIJ Health System) today announced a new contest in which public voting will decide which of three medical innovations developed by some of its 61,000+ employees will receive $100,000 in additional research support. Starting today through April 18th, voters can go to to learn about each innovation and vote for their favorite idea in which they think Northwell Health should invest. (Read More)

Announcement of Newly Appointed Chief of Radiology

(RIVERHEAD, NY – March 24, 2016) Peconic Bay Medical Center, a member of Northwell Health is pleased to announce Thomas F. Mannino, MD appointed by the Medical Executive Committee and The Board of Directors at Peconic Bay Medical Center as the Chief of Radiology and Associate Chief Medical Officer effective February 2016. (Read More)