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RIVERHEAD, NY – The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have designated Peconic Bay Medical Center (PBMC) a four-star hospital in their newly announced 2021 Hospital Compare ratings. For PBMC, the four-star rating is a testament to a decades-long commitment to continuous improvement in quality and patient safety procedures.
“We are gratified by this recognition of our quality efforts,” said Amy E. Loeb, EdD, MBA, RN, Executive Director of Peconic Bay Medical Center. “This rating is the result of the ongoing commitment of our entire medical staff toward providing our patients with an ever-increasing quality of care. It reflects a milestone in our progression from a small community hospital to an advanced-technology regional medical center serving the full range of healthcare needs of the residents of Eastern Suffolk County.”
The Hospital Compare system was established to enable consumers to make better, more informed decisions about their health care options, according to CMS. The star ratings indicate the hospital’s performance on a range of important quality indicators and compliance with a range of patient-safety guidelines. The ratings are designed to allow consumers to compare performance-measure information relating to hospitals’ treatment of patient conditions such as heart attack, pneumonia, surgery and other conditions.
“Our four-star rating means the people of Eastern Suffolk County can have confidence in the quality of care they will receive with us,” said Jeffrey Zilberstein, MD, Medical Director at Peconic Bay Medical Center. “We are well-known in the area as a place where patients can expect to receive welcoming and compassionate care, not just from our nurses, doctors and therapists but from every member of supporting staff. The four-star rating helps patients know they can expect quality outcomes as well as compassion.”
The turnaround in quality at Peconic Bay Medical Center began more than a decade ago and built momentum with the addition of the Kanas Center for Advanced Surgery, the merger with Northwell Health, and the more recent launching of Level III trauma services and expanded emergency services in our Corey Critical Care Pavilion, and interventional cardiac catheterization and electrophysiology services in the Kanas Regional Heart Center.
“This is a major achievement,” said Loeb. “But it is just one more step along the path toward the world-class quality our community members deserve. We will continue to upgrade our technology, our training and our range of services on a constant basis, because our mission is not to earn stars but to earn the trust of our community through the service we deliver to every person, every day.”
Five other Northwell Health hospitals were also recognized; Huntington Hospital has achieved a five-star rating, and four earned four stars from CMS: Glen Cove, Lenox Hill in Manhattan, North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, and Phelps in Westchester.
To find out more about the latest ratings and see how hospitals compare, log on to: https://www.medicare.gov/hospitalcompare/search.html.
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About Peconic Bay Medical Center
Located in Riverhead, NY, Peconic Bay Medical Center is a 200-bed nonprofit 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, including advanced surgical, cardiac, orthopedic and women’s health care, comprehensive inpatient medical care, palliative care and an extensive range of outpatient services, along with state-of-art technology. Peconic Bay Medical Center joined Northwell Health in 2016. For more information, visit PBMCHealth.org.
About Northwell Health
Northwell Health is New York State’s largest health care provider and private employer, with 23 hospitals, 830 outpatient facilities and more than 16,600 affiliated physicians. We care for over two million people annually in the New York metro area and beyond, thanks to philanthropic support from our communities. Our 76,000 employees – 18,900 nurses and 4,800 employed doctors, including members of Northwell Health Physician Partners – are working to change health care for the better. We’re making breakthroughs in medicine at the Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research. We're training the next generation of medical professionals at the visionary Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell and the Hofstra Northwell School of Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies. For information on our more than 100 medical specialties, visit Northwell.edu and follow us @NorthwellHealth on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.