Northwell Health’s Peconic Bay Medical Center A $92 million expansion of Riverhead Hospital was announced Friday afternoon.

The funds will be used to add 6,600 square feet to the emergency room, build a new private women’s and baby center, and implement new life-saving technologies.

The expansion of the emergency department will increase the capacity of the 144-bed hospital by 75%, according to its executive director, Amy Loeb. The expansion, expected to be completed by summer 2024, will “match the facility with the capabilities and expertise of our outstanding team,” she said.

The hospital’s revamped emergency department will offer a double-cabin trauma unit, additional cardiac response technology, comprehensive radiology capabilities and greater efficiencies.

The Emergency Department will be renamed the Poole Family Trauma & Emergency Center in honor of a landmark $5 million donation from local philanthropists Thomas and Mary Jane Poole. Mr Poole said he had a “big smile” the day he donated.

“It’s not the name on the building,” he said. “If this helps my friends and others who want to do the same, then God bless, but it’s about these staff, nurses and doctors. It’s a unique place to grow from the ashes. It’s going to be [healthcare] The heart of Long Island, I’m sure. “

The project also includes the modernization of the South Wing, which will add 16 to 20 beds, and a new Women’s and Infants’ Centre. PBMC Sold Robert Entenmann Campus 2nd Street leading to Heyuan Town 20 million USD will be invested in 2022 and these funds will be reinvested in the modernization of the pavilion, which will be named after Mr. Entenmann.

It will enable the hospital to provide care for women at all stages of life, including more advanced breast health, urogynecology and teleneonatology. The modernization will also support the hospital’s goal of developing a secondary neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). It will also include new operating theaters and private inpatient wards.

“We want to be the destination for women’s and babies’ health,” Ms. Loeb said. “It just doesn’t feel right for us that mothers in this area have to travel so far to have babies who need that level of care,” she said.

The Maternity and Child Center is currently in the design phase and the hospital will soon start the application process for expansion.

“It’s going to take a few years,” Ms. Loeb said.

Peconic Bay Medical Center Executive Director Amy Loeb addressed community members, hospital staff and stakeholders on Friday. (Image credit: Melissa Azofeifa)

Ms. Loeb also announced at a celebration at the hospital on Friday afternoon that the hospital had raised more than $30 million of its $50 million goal to support the expansion. They hope to achieve this goal by 2025.

The event is the Peconic Bay Medical Center Foundation’s biggest effort since 2018, when it launched the Kanas Regional Heart Center, funded by the John and Elaine Kanas Family Foundation, and the Corey Center named after Emilie Roy and Michael Corey Intensive Care Unit.

“Through this investment, PBMC will expand access to health care for residents throughout East Suffolk and further remove any barriers that once stood in the way,” said Northwell Health President and CEO Michael Dowling in an accompanying press release. “PBMC is a hospital dedicated to serving the people of this great community, and as our region’s population has grown and our medical needs have become more complex, it has continued to adapt to stay true to that mission. We are delighted to embark on this journey, and thank you to everyone who has contributed to making it happen.”

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