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Sep 16, 2019 3:31 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Peconic Bay Medical Center Gets Largest Individual Donation Of $10 Million

From left to right: Sherry Patterson, chair of the Peconic Bay Medical Center Board of Directors, Michael Corey and Emilie Corey, chair of the Peconic Bay Medical Center Foundation Board of Directors. COURTESY PECONIC BAY MEDICAL CENTER
Sep 18, 2019 10:43 AM

Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead has received its largest individual donation ever.

At the hospital’s annual “Benefit in Black and White” event at the Westhampton Country Club on Friday, the chairwoman of the Peconic Bay Medical Center Foundation Board of Directors, Emilie Roy Corey, and her husband, Michael, announced a $10 million gift toward construction of the hospital’s new critical care tower and other initiatives.

“This incredibly generous gift is transformational,” said Andrew Mitchell, the hospital’s president and CEO. “It will bring some of the most advanced services that the East End has ever seen.”

The critical care tower, slated to open next year, will feature two cardiac catheterization labs, a rooftop helipad, an electrophysiology suite, recovery rooms and an 18-bed intensive care and cardiac care unit in an effort to improve the hospital’s critical and primary care services.

A capital campaign for the new facility began in 2015, with a goal of raising $28 million. Funds were up to $23 million and the Coreys’s gift allowed the campaign to reach its goal. The additional $5 million from the donation will likely be used for developing a women’s health program, Mr. Mitchell said, noting that there is “a real interest in continuing to support” such an initiative.

Ms. Corey said that the PBMC foundation aimed to end the capital campaign this month so that they could move forward with new fundraising projects, like for the women’s health initiative and for improvements to the hospital’s emergency room department.

“The hospital is making a lot of progress and doing a lot of very good things, and we want to keep that momentum going,” Ms. Corey said. “Maybe this will encourage other people to contribute.”

Mr. and Ms. Corey are also the founding supporters of the hospital’s Pegasus House Palliative Care, which helps to relieve pain and suffering for patients with chronic or life-threatening illnesses, as well as offer comfort to their families.

“This marks a historic moment and exciting opportunity for both Northwell Health and Peconic Bay Medical Center,” Michael J. Dowling, president and CEO of Northwell Health, which the hospital is a part of, said in a press release. “Together, our commitment is to strengthen and build a regional destination for exceptional and innovative medical care.”

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Most local Southampton people prefer this hospital over Southampton Hospital. Go figure. Nice donation there.
By themarlinspike (522), Northern Hemisphere on Sep 16, 19 5:15 PM
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What an amazing gift to our healthcare. This hospital is building quite a reputation for patient care and hip and knee surgeries, great doctor, staff. They seemed to have earned this beautiful generous gift. That’s quite a statement. Now what insurance will they take??
By Woods woman (144), East hampton on Sep 16, 19 8:02 PM
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Thank you for the gift to the hospital which will benefit the citizens of the east end! Bravo!
By Summer Resident (250), Southampton Town, NY on Sep 17, 19 2:09 AM
It takes a village. But not the federal village. Private sector through capitalism is what makes our country tick.
By even flow (996), East Hampton on Sep 17, 19 5:49 AM
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Private charity is not a replacement for the social safety net.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (8065), HAMPTON BAYS on Sep 17, 19 6:46 AM