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PBMC Dedicates New Vascular Lab to Stavros Niarchos Foundation

Lauren Jacobsen
Manager of Public Relations
Peconic Bay Medical Center
Ph: 631-548-6827

From left  to right: Dr. Steven Friedman, Director of PBMC Vascular Lab; Andrew Mitchell, President & CEO of PBMC; Vasili Tsamis, COO of Stavros Niarchos Foundation; Roula Siklas, Program Coordinator, Health and Sports, Stavros Niarchos Foundation  

RIVERHEAD, NY – Representatives from Peconic Bay Medical Center and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation formally dedicated the non-invasive vascular lab, an integral component of the Medical Center’s Vascular Program, on Thursday January 28th.

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation donated $277,000 to fund the build out of the Vascular Program: to renovate the space and purchase sophisticated equipment necessary for the non-invasive procedures.

“The Foundation focuses on partnerships that positively impact vulnerable and underserved people,” said Roula Siklas— Program Coordinator, Health and Sports, at Stavros Niarchos Foundation. “We are happy to help bring critical services to the communities of Long Island’s East End.”

Vascular conditions disproportionately affect the elderly and diabetic, both of whom comprise significant portions of East End communities. Early detection and treatment—as provided by the Vascular Program—are crucial.

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation, founded by the Greek shipping magnate, has made grant commitments of $1.8 billion since its inception in 1996. A global philanthropic presence the Foundation has given 3,301 grants to nonprofit organizations in 111 nations around the world.  

“With the generosity of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, Peconic Bay Medical Center is able to serve patients who in the past would often wait for their vascular conditions to become emergencies because of the unreasonable distances they had to travel,” said Dr. Steven G. Friedman, board-certified vascular surgeon and Director of the Vascular Program at the Medical Center.

The geography of the East End of Long Island creates difficulty accessing the resources needed to treat these conditions. The next nearest vascular lab is more than 30 miles west of PBMC.

“We are grateful and honored that a world-class organization like the Stavros Niarchos Foundation believed in our project and decided to partner with us in our mission to bring quality, compassionate care closer to home,” said Andrew Mitchell, the President and CEO of Peconic Bay Medical Center. “This program sets the stage for a New Era of health care on the East End- including advances in Cardiac Care, Trauma Services and the expansion of Women’s Health.”

Written by Darrien Garay

About PBMC: Located in Riverhead, NY, Peconic Bay Medical Center is a non-profit hospital 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-art technology.  Peconic Bay Medical Center joined Northwell Health (formerly North Shore-LIJ), in 2016.  For more information, visit

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation ( is one of the world’s leading private international philanthropic organizations, making grants in the areas of arts and culture, education, health and sports, and social welfare. The Foundation funds organizations and projects that are expected to achieve a broad, lasting and positive impact for society at large, focusing on vulnerable groups such as children and the elderly, and also exhibit strong leadership and sound management. The Foundation also seeks actively to support projects that facilitate the formation of public-private partnerships as an effective means for serving public welfare.