Peconic Bay Medical Center Celebrates State Approval For New Cardiac Care Center

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Kanas Regional Heart Center to provide East End residents with
advanced lifesaving services close to home

RIVERHEAD, N.Y.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Northwell Health’s Peconic
Bay Medical Center
received approval from New York State Health
Commissioner Howard Zucker, MD, to establish two laboratory cardiac
catheterization and electrophysiology suites, and construct a rooftop
helipad. The new “cath labs” will be the first facilities of their kind
on the East End, and they have the potential to save hundreds of lives
each year. They will form the centerpiece of a comprehensive Cardiac
Care Center, which will be named the Kanas Regional Heart Center, housed
in Peconic
Bay Medical Center
’s new $60-million Critical Care Tower.

“It is fitting that we get this long-awaited green light following
National Heart Health Month,” said Andrew Mitchell, president and CEO of
Peconic Bay Medical Center. “East End residents have had to travel
farther for advanced cardiac services than anyone else in the Tri-State
area, and considering that heart ailments require quick diagnosis and
treatment, this facility will make a real difference. It will save
lives.”

Cardiac catheterization labs are used to place stents in a person’s
heart to open blocked passageways and to perform a range of other
related life-saving procedures. Electrophysiology labs are used to
diagnose and treat heart arrhythmias. The new Peconic
Bay Medical Center
Cath Labs will
feature the most recent advances in catheterization technology.

The labs will be housed in a new Critical Care Tower on the Riverhead
campus of Peconic
Bay Medical Center
. In conjunction with the New York State approval,
the Town of Riverhead also recently approved a zoning change and site
plan for what will again be one of the largest expansions in the history
of the hospital. “Our community has long needed the kind of services we
will now be able to provide through this comprehensive Critical Care
Tower,” said Sherry Patterson, chair of the Peconic
Bay Medical Center
and a long-time advocate for the cardiac
catheterization facility. “We are grateful for the support of so many
generous members of the community in helping us fund this project. Their
dreams and ours are about to become a reality.”

In support of the effort that has now received a final go-ahead from the
state Department of Health, Peconic
Bay Medical Center
recently announced a $5
million gift
from the John and Elaine Kanas Family Foundation to
provide advanced cardiac care options at the hospital. In addition,
Eastern Suffolk Cardiology, one of the region’s most prominent
cardiology practices, has recently joined the Northwell
Health
family, of which Peconic
Bay Medical Center
is the East End’s primary hub.

Stanley
Katz, MD
, chair of cardiology and chief of interventional cardiology
at Peconic
Bay Medical Center
, has been instrumental in the planning and design
of the new cath labs. The long-time senior vice president, executive
director and chair of Northwell Health’s cardiology services has helped
develop a vast network that resulted in providing world-class cardiology
care across our region. Dr. Katz will now be focused on expanding the Northwell
Health
cardiology services on the East End.

Since joining together in January of 2016, Northwell
Health
has moved rapidly to make Peconic
Bay Medical Center
the regional medical center for the East End.

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 (formerly
North Shore-LIJ), 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 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 
Northwell.edu.

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 (formerly
North Shore-LIJ), 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 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 
Northwell.edu.

Contacts

For Peconic Bay Medical Center
Lauren Jacobsen, 631-548-6827
LJacobsen1@northwell.edu