Peconic Bay Medical Center has its sights set on expanding its emergency department in Riverhead by 6,600 square feet, and the hospital just got a bit closer to its $15 million goal.
The hospital’s foundation recently held its annual Gala at Royalton Farms in Mattituck, a night that saw a whopping $1 million raised for Peconic Bay, officials announced today in a press release.
The Gala is an annual affair.
The 2022 installment also honored Dr. Stanley Katz, the chair of cardiology at Peconic Bay, “for his pioneering work to advance cardiac care in eastern Suffolk County and across Long Island,” the release reads.
The Corey, Poole, Entenmann and Zinberg families, all longtime supporters, were also celebrated for their generosity to the medical center, as was the Kanas family for its founding gift that led to the construction of the Kanas Regional Heart Center.
D. Katz is credited with transforming cardiac care across the island during his tenure until 2016 by helping expand cardiology services across the Northwell Health network, officials said.
“Dr. Katz is a special physician who has transformed the cardiology department at every hospital he has set foot in,” said Peconic Bay’s executive director, Dr. Amy Loeb. “[His] accomplishments are nothing short of extraordinary. From his compassionate and patient demeanor, there is no question that Dr. Katz is providing quality care that sets our patients at ease.”
As for the planned emergency department expansion, it would increase patient capacity by more than 75 percent, officials say, “which will help the hospital meet the spike in emergency room patient visits over the past few years.”
“It will also help implement a new dual-bay trauma unit, install additional cardiac response services, incorporate advanced radiology capabilities and enhance patient privacy.”
“Long Islanders should not have to travel long distances or compromise their healthcare just because they live further from Manhattan,” said Dr. Loeb.
Photo: Dr. Stanley Katz speaks at the 2022 Peconic Bay Medical Center Gala in Mattituck. (courtesy)