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

Contact: Lauren Jacobsen

Rusty Hilcken, RN, to oversee administration of advanced interventional cardiology services at East End’s largest hospital

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.

Mr. Hilcken will oversee day-to-day operations of cardiac services, assuring proper allocation of staffing and support resources to optimize patient safety, quality of care and interventional outcomes.

“Rusty Hilcken is a tremendous asset for our interventional cardiology program,” said Andrew J. Mitchell, President and CEO of Peconic Bay Medical Center. “He brings a unique combination of experience in interventional cardiology along with expertise in health care management and administration.”

In addition to his advanced degrees and training in healthcare management and business administration, Mr. Hilcken has been a cardiac cath lab nurse and a nurse coordinator for interventional cardiology.

“We are fortunate to be able to place the operations of our new Cath Labs in Rusty Hilcken’s capable hands,” said Peconic Bay Medical Center’s Medical Director, Jean M. Cacciabaudo, MD, who is herself a noted cardiologist.

A graduate of Stony Brook University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Mr. Hilcken earned a Master of Science in Health Care Management and a Master of Business Administration at St. Joseph’s College. His most recent positions have been Assistant Director of Nursing at Southside Hospital and System Analyst for the implementation of electronic medical records for Catholic Health Services of Long Island.

“This opportunity to join an outstanding team to bring cath lab services to the East End is both highly exciting and deeply satisfying to me,” said Mr. Hilcken. “To work with top cardiologists like Dr. Cacciabaudo and Dr. Stanley Katz is a true honor. With the resources provided by Northwell Health and the wonderfully caring culture at Peconic Bay Medical Center, we can promise our residents a truly outstanding center for the very best in cardiac care.”



About Peconic Bay Medical Center

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 in 2016. For more information, visit

About Northwell Health

Northwell Health is New York State’s largest health care provider and private employer, with 21 hospitals and over 550 outpatient facilities. We care for more than two million people annually in the metro New York area and beyond, thanks to philanthropic support from our communities. Our 61,000 employees – 15,000+ nurses and nearly 3,400 physicians, including nearly 2,700 dedicated members of Northwell Health Physician Partners – are working to change health care for the better. We’re making breakthroughs in medicine at the Feinstein Institute. We're training the next generation of medical professionals at the visionary Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine and the School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies. And we offer health insurance through CareConnect. For information on our more than 100 medical specialties, visit