Building Upon the Promise of Excellence:

PBMC Health Announces $13 million Capital Campaign

RIVERHEAD, NY—The Board of Directors of PBMC Health, Peconic Bay Medical Center and its Foundation are pleased to publicly announce an effort to raise $13 million to build new facilities, enhance technology and attract and retain top medical professionals.

Under the leadership of Campaign Chair, Emilie Roy Corey, this fundraising effort began in January 2011.  This effort will make it possible to expand the community health initiatives offered by PBMC Health and Peconic Bay Medical Center by building new Centers of Excellence in Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery and Joint Replacements as well as Digestive Disorders.  This Campaign will also enhance PBMC's Cancer Services Program, Women's and Men's Health Initiatives, Pegasus House Palliative Care, Primary Care and Graduate Medical Education to name a few.

Another major aspect of this Capital Campaign is the establishment of the Ambulatory Care Center at PBMC Health slated to open in Manorville in the spring of 2013.  To address the expanding healthcare needs of Suffolk County, PBMC Health is establishing this new four-building medical campus.  Located just off Exit 70 on the Long Island Expressway, this innovative and leading-edge approach will expand the quality of health care we provide.  PBMC Health's Manorville Campus will be home to urgent care/primary care, pediatrics, urology, digestive disorders, health education and orthopedics.

"The Manorville initiative will bring the latest models of healthcare delivery, advanced ambulatory technologies and national healthcare partners together in a manner never before accomplished in Suffolk County.  The future of PBMC Health is bright as we continue to grow and provide necessary and important services to the residents of our community," stated Sherry Patterson, Chair of both the PBMC Health and Peconic Bay Medical Center Boards.

The Campaign, Building Upon the Promise of Excellence, follows the successful $10 million Campaign, Building Tomorrow's Medical Center....Today in which the Medical Center built the highly acclaimed Kanas Center for Advanced Surgery.

"The quality of the PBMC brand relies on our ability to continuously invest in our people, our infrastructure and our programs.  Without the support from our community, we would not be able to advance the health care we provide.  It is through the immense generosity of our Capital Campaign donors that we are able to provide the highest level of care for our patients," said Andrew J. Mitchell, FACHE, President and CEO of PBMC Health and Peconic Bay Medical Center. "We know that we cannot rest on the accomplishments of our past and we must continue to move forward and bring about the necessary advancements to meet the needs of our community."

In support of this Campaign, the Hospital is pleased to announce at this time the receipt of three, seven-figure gifts, two of which the donors have asked to remain anonymous.  One notable donor is the PBMC Auxiliary which has pledged $1 million in support of this Campaign.  This pledge is in addition to their annual commitment.

"I am thrilled to be a part of the plans and progress of PBMC Health and look forward to continued success of not only this Capital Campaign, but of the Health System at large," said Campaign Chair, Emilie Roy Corey.  "It is so exciting that the PBMC Auxiliary has taken the lead and set an example for others to follow through this commitment to the Hospital.  The volunteers of PBMC Auxiliary are the backbone of our Hospital and they step forward and carry out their assignments and touch the lives of those they serve in many positive ways.  Their support of this Campaign is another example of how they impact the lives of our patients every day."

The Employees of the Hospital have also been instrumental in supporting this Campaign and have raised more than a quarter of a million dollars to purchase a new Telemetry System and an MRI Crash Cart.

"As an employee, I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to participate in this unprecedented Campaign.  Together, we raised more than $250,000!  This has never been done before in our Hospital's history,"expressedBetty T. Ruth of Plant Operations.  Betty was part of the steering committee of employees who helped lead this effort among their peers.  "As employees of PBMC Health, we know that we must invest in ourselves before others will invest in us."

In an effort to celebrate the Campaign and to continue to share the good news, PBMC Health plans to mark this occasion with a dedication ceremony of the Manorville Ambulatory Care Campus at Peconic Bay Medical Center's main campus in Riverhead on March 22, 2013.

"PBMC Health and Peconic Bay Medical Center has positioned itself for continued growth.  This Campaign builds upon our past to ensure that we have a solid foundation for the future.  We are poised to be able to continue to meet the needs of our community.  I want to thank all of the donors to this Campaign for their support and commitment to PBMC Health," says Gordon Huszagh, Chair of the PBMC Health Foundation Board of Directors.  "I also want to commend our employees for their support of this effort.  They work tirelessly each and every day to provide for our patients and their families and this is just another testament to their commitment to PBMC Health."

For more information about PBMC Health and Peconic Bay Medical Center, visit www.pbmchealth.org.