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Peconic Bay Medical Center Foundation to honor the 20-year legacy of Andrew J. Mitchell during annual gala

Contact: Victoria Palacio
(631) 548-6804
vpalacio1@northwell.edu

RIVERHEAD, NY —Peconic Bay Medical Center (PBMC) announced today it will honor Andrew “Andy” J. Mitchell for his 20 years of commitment to the hospital with a virtual Black Tie Gala Event on Friday, September 10. Under his leadership, Mr. Mitchell redeveloped the medical center and helped bring advanced healthcare services to Eastern Long Island.

Andy transformed Peconic Bay Medical Center into the medical center of choice for greater Riverhead and the East End,” said Michael J. Dowling, Northwell President and CEO. “For over 20 years, he led the hospital through a period of transition and growth. Today, it's a leader in clinical initiatives, including the first community hospital-based robotic surgery program and the East End's largest and most comprehensive emergency center.

Upon his arrival in 2001, Central Suffolk Hospital, later renamed Peconic Bay Medical Center, was in financial distress. While many organizations would have thrown in the towel, Mr. Mitchell along with the incredible staff and community, came together to accomplish the impossible. In the month that followed 9/11, they completed a home-grown renovation of the old emergency room, installed an entirely new IT system to stabilize the finances, and established a new participatory management culture. Mr. Mitchell guided the struggling hospital to stability and led it to great success and growth.

We are all so thankful for Andy's outstanding efforts in transforming a community hospital into a top-tier medical center,” said Stephen Bello, Senior Vice President and Executive Director of Northwell Health's Eastern Region. “While leading Peconic Bay Medical Center to new heights, Andy never lost his community-centered approach to patient care and continuously advocated for new and improved resources he believed Eastern Suffolk County patients needed and deserved. Andy has truly been a fantastic leader, mentor and friend to many of us.

Under Mr. Mitchell’s leadership, the hospital expanded to add the Kanas Center for Advanced Surgery, the Corey Critical Care Pavilion, The Feil Campus for Ambulatory Care, the Pegasus House Palliative Care Center, the Kanas Regional Heart Center, the North Fork's only trauma and stroke centers, Long Island's first hospital-based caregivers support center, and eastern Suffolk County's premier orthopedic program. These advancements bring state-of-the-art resources and life-saving care closer to home for thousands of residents in Eastern Suffolk County.

It's been nothing short of miraculous what Andy has accomplished for Peconic Bay Medical Center,” said Emilie Corey, Foundation Chair. He had a vision that led to a wonderful expansion and improvements in all services, and everyone is so proud and grateful for what Andy has done.

Previously, Mr. Mitchell served as executive director of Long Island Jewish Forest Hills. He is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the recipient of numerous professional and community awards. Mr. Mitchell has been published in various American College of Healthcare executive journals and has lectured extensively in the United States and Europe. Mitchell received his bachelor’s degree from Union College and an MPH in health services administration from Yale University.

Peconic Bay Medical Center has excitedly welcomed their new executive director,Dr. Amy E. Loeb, who plans to continue the wonderful improvements and innovations for the hospital, following Mr. Mitchell’s previous transformations. Mr. Mitchell will continue to lead the Peconic Bay Medical Center Foundation, located at Peconic Bay Medical Center’s Entenmann Campus, in raising the critical funds necessary to support the Medical Center in its next phases of development led by Dr. Loeb.

Andy is a visionary; no one else would have been able to turn the near bankrupt Central Suffolk Hospital into Peconic Bay Medical Center, the regional medical institution we have today,” said Sherry Patterson,Chair, Board of Directors at Peconic Bay Medical Center. This community owes Andy a debt of gratitude, for Peconic Bay Medical Center's success is their success.

Peconic Bay Medical Center encourages anyone looking to support the gala in honor of Mr. Mitchell to make a donation by visiting pbmcfoundation.thankyou4caring.org or calling the Foundation Office at (631) 548-6080.

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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-the-art technology. Peconic Bay Medical Center joined Northwell Health in 2016. For more information, visit PBMCHealth.org and follow us @PeconicBayMedicalCenter on FacebookInstagram and LinkedIn.

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 FacebookTwitterInstagram and LinkedIn.