RIVERHEAD, NY – Peconic Bay Medical Center (PBMC), a member of Northwell Health, announced today that it has installed the Hologic Selenia® Dimensions® Mammography System, a state-of-the-art breast cancer device that captures exceptionally sharp images utilized in breast surgeries. The implementation of the new technology was from a donation made to the Peconic Bay Medical Center Foundation from the Henry L. O’Brien Foundation. This new technology is part of PBMC’s nearly $400,000 planned expansion to its breast imaging services and its Women’s Health programs with the ultimate goal of improving diagnosis, treatment and follow-up care in cancer services, cardiology, obstetrics/gynecology, and more for women of Eastern Suffolk County.
“The Henry L. O’Brien Foundation’s donation has truly transformed and advanced breast health surgical care for members of the community here on the East End,” said Susan He Lee, MD, Chief of Breast Surgery at PBMC. “With October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, this gift couldn’t have come at a better time. Everyone on our team is grateful to the Henry L. O’Brien Foundation for its generosity as we continue to expand our proactive approach to patient care and work to create individualized treatment plans for patients with breast cancer, as well as benign breast disease.”
The new Selenia Dimensions Mammography System by Hologic has set the standard in breast imaging, capturing exceptionally sharp images. The machine works by taking 2D and 3D images during surgical procedures to help the radiologists get two opposing views to localize an area of interest using specially made markers or needles. The breast surgeon then uses the localization along with the images to perform accurate surgery. The tissue is then imaged using the system to confirm removal of the target. When there are very subtle breast findings to localize, the Dimensions machine can give a precise magnified view of the area of interest, bringing the images into close-up and much easier to see views. The introduction of this new technology is the world’s first and only mammogram system that creates both 2D and 3D images of the breasts, significantly improving the detection of abnormal findings.
This technological advancement was made possible through a generous gift from the Henry L. O’Brien Foundation, which supports local organizations that enhance the quality of life for residents throughout Suffolk County. Peconic Bay Medical Center has long been a big part of the Henry L. O’Brien and Theodore Conklin families, having treated four generations including both grandfathers.
“I have four sisters, an amazing 95-year-old mother, and a grandmother who had breast cancer. Making sure my community hospital has the most stellar and effective cancer service equipment is a necessity that really hits close to home for me,” said Ted Conklin, Henry L. O’Brien Foundation officer and owner of the American Hotel in Sag Harbor. “We wanted to make a donation of something we knew was needed for Peconic Bay Medical Center, but that would also put a smile on my mother’s face. Donating a mammography system was the perfect way to show our appreciation for the hospital while also fulfilling a need that means a lot to me and the women in my family.”
Currently, through PBMC’s Cancer Services Program, the hospital offers free cancer screenings to uninsured residents of Suffolk County who meet eligibility requirements, as well as both in-person and virtual treatment resources including support groups for patients who are 18 months post-diagnosis of breast cancer or those with metastatic breast cancer. Northwell Health’s Cancer Institute at Riverhead, located next to the hospital, offers a comprehensive array of cancer services, including medical oncology/hematology, cancer surgery subspecialties and a brand- new cancer infusion center.
“All of us here at the Peconic Bay Medical Center Foundation are humbled to be the recipients of the donation of the revolutionary Selenia Dimensions Mammography System,” said Emilie Roy Corey, Chair of Peconic Bay Medical Center Foundation. “Mr. Conklin worked with us to identify the need for a new mammography system while also aligning their gift to his foundation. Together, we were able to satisfy not only the hospital's needs, but also his family foundation's philanthropic mission, which is a wonderful thing.”
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 Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.