On Monday, June 28 at the Hospital’s Golf Classic at the Sebonack Golf Club, Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead announced its gift of $5 million from the John and Elaine Kanas Family Foundation to the Center’s Cardiac Care Program. It is one of the largest gifts in the history of the hospital.
The money will be used to help establish the first comprehensive cardiac program on the East End—a much needed asset, especially in the summer season when the local population swells with vacationers and tourists.
The proposed cardiac care center will be a part of a larger $60 million project of installing a critical care tower at the hospital, which will consist of a two-story expansion of the current emergency department. The new expansion will house the new cardiac center and will also include state-of-the-art cardio catheterization labs, an electrophysiology suite, recovery rooms and an 18-bed intensive care unit/ cardiac care unit.
The new facilities will be considered the first trauma center on the East End accredited by American College of Surgeons, the gold standard for all trauma centers.
The benefactors, Mr. and Mrs. Kanas, have been generously involved with the Peconic Bay Medical Center for several years now, in 2009 they helped open the Kanas Center for Advanced Surgery, which has since been considered one of the best medical centers in Suffolk County.