The Southampton Hospital Foundation announced this week that it will break ground this month on the Stony Brook Medicine East Hampton Satellite Emergency Department next to the East Hampton Healthcare Center on Pantigo Place.
Officials and administrators expect the $35 million project to be finished in the summer of 2024. It is expected to provide “vital access to emergency and health services to those who visit or reside on the easternmost end of the South Fork,” said Hal Paz, executive vice president of health sciences and chief executive officer of Stony Brook University Medicine. “This new facility underscores Stony Brook’s commitment to offer world-class clinical care throughout the East End.”
At 22,000 square feet, the new satellite E.R. will feature “fast-track treatment rooms” for general, pediatric, obstetrics/gynecology, and ophthalmology patients; a dedicated resuscitation room; cardiac monitoring technology in every exam room, and isolation and imaging rooms. There will also be on-site ambulance service for hospital transport to other health care facilities. Additional features are expected to reduce the building’s environmental impact, including rooftop solar panels, a rain-catch garden, and native plantings.
The project, which was buoyed in March 2016 by a pledge of $10 million from New York State, has not been without controversy. Community members have expressed concern over traffic and the loss of the youth baseball fields at the Pantigo Place site. Supporters have pointed out the facility’s potential to save lives in a region that’s often choked by traffic and complicated by the distance to other hospitals.
Kenneth B. Wright, chairman of the Southampton Hospital Association, said in a statement that “our new satellite emergency facility supports Stony Brook Southampton Hospital and its mission of ensuring all our communities have access to the highest level of medical care.”
The Turner Construction Company, which is part of a “global infrastructure group” with operations in Australia, North America, and Europe, has been chosen to build the new satellite E.R.
Fund-raising is ongoing. More details can be had by visiting the Southampton Hospital Foundation’s website or calling 631-283-4404.