Peconic Bay Medical Center Selected as Candidate for the LIVESTRONGFoundation Community Impact Project

Voting opens today and runs through March 28

Riverhead, NY – March12, 2013 –Peconic Bay Medical Center has been selected as a candidate for the LIVESTRONGFoundationCommunity Impact Project, which offers $1.2 million in funding to bring proven cancer support programs to communities across the U.S. Finalists will be determined through an online voting campaign that begins today and runs until 5 p.m. CT on Thurs., Mar. 28. Sites with the top votes per region will receive financial awards of support to replicate and implement programs that have demonstrated success in improving the lives of people affected by cancer.

Advanced Certification for Palliative Care:  The Joint Commission's Advanced Certification for Palliative Care is designed to set standards and acknowledge hospitals providing state-of-the-art palliative care services that relieve symptoms and stress of serious illness and improve quality of life for patients.  The Center to Advance Palliative Care will provide tools and training to 20 hospitals and cancer centers across the country to assist in their efforts to qualify for the Certification.

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Peconic Bay Medical Center is among the organizations still in contention for the award. If selected, Peconic Bay Medical Center will use the awarded funds for the Advanced Certification in Palliative Care.

"PBMC Health considers it an honor and a privilege to meet the palliative care needs of the communities we serve. PBMC has a palliative care unit that can accommodate eight patients and their families in addition to outpatient services.   Many cancer patients and their families are not ready for hospice care or wish to have treatments that may render them ineligible for hospice; yet the care needs may exceed the family's resources," said Denise D'Ambrosia, N.P. who serves as the Director of Palliative Care at Peconic Bay Medical Center. "PBMC is the only medical center that offers inpatient and outpatient palliative care in Eastern Suffolk County.  Our goal is to provide safe, compassionate and comprehensive care to our neighbors, as we believe honor and dignity should be accessible to all."

Organizations chosen to implement one of the model programs will receive up to $15,000 to support the implementation.  They will also receive a toolkit consisting of facilitator manuals, participant materials and evaluation forms; training and support from the model program's staff; access to additional tools and resources; and a full report on the historical replication of this program upon completion.

The financial awards provided by the 2012 LIVESTRONG Community Impact Project are currently being implemented at nearly 100 sites including hospitals, cancer centers, universities, and community-based organizations across the nation and will provide support to thousands of people affected by cancer upon completion.  The LIVESTRONGFoundation is committed to supporting community organizations in their efforts to help cancer survivors face the challenges and changes that come with cancer and has invested more than$80million in community-centered organizations.

For more information about the LIVESTRONGFoundation's Community Impact Project, visit 

About Peconic Bay Medical Center and PBMC Health

PBMC Health is a comprehensive continuum of care focused on serving the full range of health and wellness needs of people of Suffolk County. The continuum includes Peconic Bay Medical Center, located in Riverhead; Peconic Bay Home Health Services, serving all of Suffolk County; Peconic Bay Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation, located in Riverhead; Peconic Bay Outpatient Physical Therapy, located in Riverhead; Peconic Bay Primary & Family Care Practices, with offices in Mattituck, Hampton Bays, Center Moriches, Riverhead and Westhampton Beach; and the Campus for Advanced Ambulatory and Preventive Care, scheduled to open in the Spring of 2013 in Manorville.

Peconic Bay Medical Center is a non-profit medical facility committed to providing exceptional care and improving the health of the communities it serves. Peconic Bay Medical Center offers wide ranging, full-scope services and programs along with state-of-the-art technology. The award-winning Kanas Center for Advanced Surgery is home to the da Vinci Surgical Robotics Program. PBMC is also a designated Stroke Center, a Bariatric Center of Excellence and recipient of the prestigious Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval for Total Joint Replacement for Hip and Knee. As a major clinical campus for the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, PBMC hosts graduate medical education programs in Family Medicine and Traditional Internship. Peconic Bay Medical Center is a member of the East End Health Alliance and affiliated with Stony Brook University Hospital.

About the LIVESTRONG Foundation

The LIVESTRONG Foundation provides free cancer support services to help people cope with the financial, emotional and practical challenges that accompany the disease. Created in 1997 by cancer survivor and philanthropist Lance Armstrong, the Foundation is known for its powerful brand – LIVESTRONG – and for its advocacy on behalf of survivors and their families. With its iconic yellow LIVESTRONG wristband, the Foundation has become a symbol of hope and inspiration around the world. Since its inception, the Foundation has served 2.5 million people affected by the disease and raised more than $500 million to support cancer survivors. One of America's top cancer non-profit organizations, the Foundation enjoys a four-star rating from Charity Navigator and has been recognized by the National Health Council and the Better Business Bureau for its excellent governance, high standards and transparency. For more information, visit