The street by the entrance to the Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead is now called Heroes Way, aptly named for the medical professionals and first responders on the frontline during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Riverhead Town Supervisor Yvette M. Aguiar and the town board designated a portion of Roanoke Avenue in front of the Northwell Health hospital Heroes Way. Heroes Way begins at the intersection of County Road 58, also known as Old Country Road, and extends north, until the intersection of Middle Road in Riverhead. The hospital even has a new address — It went from 1300 Roanoke Avenue to 1 Heroes Way.
The new street sign was unveiled on Wednesday afternoon.
The street renaming is a tribute to honor doctors, nurses, police, firefighters, EMS and ambulance personnel, as well as their support staff, “who heroically stepped up as our frontline warriors during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Aguiar said in a statement. “Their courage and compassion to treat, care and provide assistance to those suffering from the virus, demonstrated their deep commitment and dedication to our community. We thank them for their unwavering support of our town.”
A total of 45,411 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Suffolk County since the pandemic began and 2,006 people have lost their lives. According to county figures, Suffolk hospitals have discharged 5,822 patients with the virus since March 22.
“It will be a reminder of the truly heroic work that went on here during the COVID-19 pandemic peak and our staff’s commitment to patient care and excellence,” said Andrew Mitchell, president and chief executive officer of Peconic Bay Medical Center. “This is such a special recognition of the legacy of the staff here at the hospital to remember the heroics that went on. This also recognizes the support we received from our community, the Town of Riverhead and all of our emergency medical services providers.”