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Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corps recognized by Peconic Bay Medical Center for outstanding medical care

Tara Smith
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RIVERHEAD, NY – Northwell Health Peconic Bay Medical Center staff recently recognized paramedics from the Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corps for outstanding medical care during a meeting on Thursday, August 5.

Clinical Program Manager for the Stroke program Donna Lyburt, MSN, RN, and Paramedic Supervisor Jason Gross acknowledged paramedic Jeffrey Matheson, EMT/driver Matthew Dinson and volunteer Elmahdi Issam with certificates of recognition for their team approach and sharp assessment skills that expedited a patient’s medical careduring a blizzard in February.

“Time is critical and it’s like a race,” Lyburt said of stroke patients. “Every minute from the time the call is dispatched to the time you arrive at the hospital is crucial. We appreciate the partnership of the Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corps and all they do for the community,” she said.

During Thursday’s meeting, Lyburt explained how important it is that the EMTs pre-notified the hospital of a possible stroke patient, which allowed the team to jump into action. The patient, a woman in her 60’s, was provided critical care, stabilized and transferred for a higher level of care within 67 minutes.  

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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 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 and follow us @NorthwellHealth on FacebookTwitterInstagram and LinkedIn