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State Approves Request for Peconic Bay Medical Center to Join North Shore-LIJ

(RIVERHEAD, NY – August 24, 2015)  – The state has given final approval for Peconic Bay Medical Center (PBMC) to join the North Shore-LIJ Health System. State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker has approved recommendations from the New York State Public Health and Health Planning Council (PHHPC) to dissolve the East End Health Alliance that included PBMC, and Southampton and Eastern Long Island hospitals, and approved a separate measure making the North Shore-LIJ Health System the active parent of PBMC.

In addition to state approval, the Federal Trade Commission’s 30-day review period has concluded, so no other federal approvals are needed.

“In this time of great healthcare transition, we thank the New York State Department of Health and the many members of our community who strongly supported this North Shore-LIJ-PBMC partnership,” said Andrew Mitchell, PBMC president and chief executive officer.  “Together we plan to develop and expand much needed clinical services for the 200,000 men, women and children who rely on PBMC for their healthcare needs.”

PBMC becomes North Shore-LIJ’s 21st hospital, joining Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, Huntington Hospital, South Oaks Hospital in Amityville and dozens of outpatient physician practices that have been meeting the healthcare needs of Suffolk County residents for two decades.

“As exciting as it is for North Shore-LIJ to expand our services into central and eastern Suffolk County, the true beneficiaries of this new relationship will be the thousands of individuals and families who entrust their care to Peconic Bay Medical Center,” said Michael Dowling, president and CEO of the North Shore-LIJ Health System. “We are committed to strengthening and expanding Peconic Bay’s clinical services, and building a network of outpatient facilities that will establish the hospital as a regional destination for top-flight medical care.”

A 200-bed community teaching hospital, Peconic Bay Medical Center has approximately 1,300 employees and cares for more than 7,000 inpatients and 168,000 outpatients annually. The hospital, a New York State designated stroke center, features a highly regarded Emergency Department serving about 37,000 patients a year, an advanced surgery center, centers of excellence in joint replacement and bariatric surgery, and a range of other medical services.  The hospital also operates a certified home health agency, a 60-bed skilled nursing and rehabilitation center, a six-bed palliative care center, an advanced ambulatory and urgent care campus in Manorville, and a growing network of community-based family care and specialty physician practices throughout central and eastern Suffolk County. For more information about Peconic Bay Medical Center, go to


North Shore-LIJ Health System is one of the nation's largest health systems, delivering world-class clinical care throughout the New York metropolitan area, pioneering research at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, a visionary approach to medical education highlighted by the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, and healthcare coverage to individuals, families and businesses through the CareConnect Insurance Co. Inc. North Shore-LIJ cares for people at every stage of life at 21 hospitals and more than 400 outpatient physician practices throughout the region. North Shore-LIJ’s owned hospitals and long-term care facilities house more than 6,600 beds, employ more than 13,000 nurses and have affiliations with about 10,000 physicians. With a workforce of more than 56,000, North Shore-LIJ is the largest private employer in New York State.  For more information, go to