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Peconic Bay Medical Center receives $1 million gift for its emergency department

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Retired obstetrician-gynecologist Dr. Stanley Zinberg has donated $1 million toward a dedicated space for critical care and trauma needs in the emergency department at Peconic Bay Medical Center (PBMC), Northwell Health announced.

The Riverhead hospital is addressing a dramatic population increase on Long Island’s East End by expanding its emergency department. This latest gift from Zinberg enables PBMC to establish the Zinberg Family Critical Care & Trauma Unit.

It’s the hospital’s first step in the impending phased expansion and renovation of the its emergency department, officials said. The expanded emergency department will feature new state-of-the-art treatment areas that can accommodate multiple patients simultaneously in its trauma resuscitation room.

“The demand for emergency room services is on the rise, as emergency departments are essential to saving lives. Having exceptional ER services is the most important part of hospital care,” Zinberg said. “I have always recognized just how important Peconic Bay Medical Center is to Suffolk County, and I hope my donation helps to make their exceptional care even better.”

Zinberg’s donation will transform emergency medical care on the East End, said Dr. Lincoln Cox, chief of emergency medicine at PBMC.

“Everyone in the emergency department is grateful for this generous gift as we begin the planning for the expansion of the emergency department and create the Zinberg Family Critical Care & Trauma Unit,” Cox said.

Zinberg’s generous donation is just the latest demonstration of his philanthropy toward PBMC. A previous $1 million gift from the physician helped build the Kanas Regional Heart Center at the hospital.

In addition to his appointments on the Board of PBMC and the PBMC Foundation, Zinberg is a fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine, the New York Gynecological Society, and the American College of Physician Executives. He is a past president of the New York Obstetrical Society and the Bellevue Obstetrics and Gynecology Society.

“With his gift, Dr. Zinberg is leading the way throughout communities across Long Island to address the importance of emergency room services, especially now during an upswing in COVID-19 cases,” said Mary Jo Stark, director of nursing, Emergency Medicine and Trauma at PBMC. “This ED expansion will dramatically increase the level of patient care for not only the emergency department, but for our center as a whole.”

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