Southampton Hospital and Stony Brook University Hospital are in the midst of negotiations that could bring to fruition plans made in 2012 to put Southampton Hospital under the Stony Brook Medicine banner.
A final deal could be struck late this spring and Southampton Hospital is optimistic, but there “is no news yet,” the hospital’s director of public affairs, Marsha Kenny said Wednesday. Discussions are still ongoing and a draft agreement to go in front of Southampton Hospital’s board and the State University of New York board is not ready yet, she said.
The biggest thing that may come from a final agreement is the construction of a new hospital at the Stony Brook Southampton campus in Shinnecock Hills.
The two hospitals became affiliated in 2008 and then in October 2012 they signed a non-binding letter of intent to have Southampton Hospital join the Stony Brook Medicine healthcare system. Southampton Hospital would still retain its own board of directors.
“Both Stony Brook and Southampton continue to work carefully on all the various pieces of the final agreement to bring us together and we have made significant progress,” Southampton Hospital President & CEO Robert S. Chaloner said in a statement. “We are actively working to complete all the various legal and regulatory steps that will be required for final approval by our respective boards and the regulatory authorities. We are optimistic that by coming together, our two institutions will provide for a stronger more comprehensive health system for the communities we serve.”