The State University of New York Board of Trustees approved Tuesday a strengthened affiliation between Southampton Hospital and SUNY Stony Brook.
“Today the SUNY Board of Trustees has taken a critical step in advancing a regional plan that I have made a priority throughout my career —providing access to affordable, quality healthcare in eastern Suffolk County,” remarked New York State Senator Ken LaValle Building a regional healthcare delivery system will ensure the viability of both Stony Brook Hospital and our community hospitals throughout the area.”
Stony Brook University Hospital and Southampton Hospital have been formally affiliated since 2008. In August 2012, both hospitals signed a non-binding letter of intent to strengthen that affiliation in which the Southampton facility would join the Stony Brook Medicine healthcare system.
“This affiliation is a step in the right direction for expanding and improving health care on the South Fork,” Assemblyman Fred Thiele said. “Both Stony Brook and Southampton Hospital officials are to be commended for their efforts.”
He continued, “The possibilities are endless. This affiliation could help revitalize the Stony Brook Southampton campus by bringing in new health care based academic programs, and also a new state-of-the-art hospital at the Southampton campus. The agreement could serve as an anchor, ensuring that the college be a permanent fixture in our community.”
Last summer, Southampton Hospital President and CEO Robert Chaloner said of the pending agreement, “This will give us access to better clinical resources, more of their teaching programs, and an ability to collaborate in a way that will boost healthcare much more strongly in our community.”