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South Shore University Hospital in Bay Shore receives largest monetary gift in its history

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A prominent family behind an iconic baked goods company on Long Island is being recognized for their immense generosity.

South Shore University Hospital has received the largest gift in the medical center’s 105-year history, one that will support its ongoing $500 million transformation, as well as spur a name change. The exact amount of the gift from the Entenmann family was not disclosed, though its significance is clear.

The hospital announced it will name its campus the Entenmann Family Campus at South Shore University Hospital in honor of the family’s philanthropy.

“South Shore University Hospital provides critical services throughout the region,” said Michael J. Dowling, Northwell’s president and CEO. “We are unbelievably grateful to the Entenmann family for their commitment to raising health in the community and we remain steadfast in our commitment to expand and enhance Northwell Health’s flagship hospital in Suffolk County.”

Brothers William, Robert and Charles Entenmann moved their baking company’s factory from Brooklyn to Bay Shore in 1905, just minutes away from the hospital.

The Entenmann brothers played a part in ensuring quality healthcare in their local community, which inspired the remaining family to continue this legacy by supporting South Shore University Hospital’s mission.

“We didn’t initially plan to add our name, but when you arrive at the hospital and see the Entenmann Family Campus, it serves as a ‘thank you’ to everyone in the community,” shared Jaime (Entenmann) Padden. “They’re the ones who made Entenmann’s Bakery successful. So, for everyone who ever worked at the bakery or knew my family, I want them to know that South Shore is there for them. I am so proud of how far the hospital has come and I want to see it continue to grow, serve the community – to help everyone,” she added.

The Bay Shore hospital’s expansion and development plans includes the construction of a 45,560-square-foot, $71 million Women and Infants Center, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2022. 

In addition, the hospital is constructing a $441 million pavilion that will include private inpatient beds and operating rooms to enhance patient care and experience.

The Entenmann family’s gift is fundamental to Northwell’s $1 billion fundraising campaign, “Outpacing the Impossible.” Since its launch in October 2018, the campaign has raised more than $890 million in an effort to advance health care and support Northwell initiatives.

“A gift like this positions South Shore to be the number one tertiary hospital in Suffolk County,” said Brian Lally, senior vice president and chief development officer at Northwell. “The Entenmann family’s gift to name the campus is providing the opportunity for patients to receive the best care available anywhere … Their generosity is moving SSUH into a new era. That’s what philanthropy can do.”

Scroll down to view Northwell Health’s video about the significant donation and the Entenmann Family campus.

Top: Entenmann family members and Northwell Health executives celebrate the family’s gift to South Shore University Hospital, the largest in the hospital’s history.

From left: Brian T. Lally, Northwell Health senior vice president and chief development officer; philanthropists Kelly Ernie and Jaime (Entenmann) Padden; Michael J. Dowling, Northwell Health president and CEO; Donna Moravick, South Shore University Hospital executive director; and Steve Bello, Northwell’s eastern region executive director. Photo courtesy of Northwell Health.