04/14/18 5:58am
04/14/2018 5:58 AM

A framed Newsday obituary for George Wybenga, a painter and longtime educator, hangs in the hallway at the Stony Brook University Hospital Blood Bank. The 2016 article details his journey to the United States as an immigrant during World War II and the paintings he created as an artist until he died at 79. READ

07/10/15 1:45pm
07/10/2015 1:45 PM
CARRIE MILLER PHOTO  |  Eastern Long Island Hospital CEO Paul Connor.

CARRIE MILLER PHOTO | Eastern Long Island Hospital CEO Paul Connor.

Eastern Long Island Hospital CEO and president Paul Connor reflected on the 110-year-old hospital’s monumental decision to partner with Stony Brook University Hospital on Friday morning, noting that the unanimous decision by the hospital’s board of trustees points to “very strong support from the medical team and staff.”

Details have yet to be revealed about how specifically the hospital’s decision to merge with SBU will affect day-to-day care on the North Fork, though Mr. Connor — CEO for the past 16 years — said that joining the larger health system will provide opportunities that surely would not have otherwise been available in the future.

“ELIH doesn’t have the size or revenue base” to get the insurance reimbursement rates that larger health systems get, he said, which explains decisions by other community hospitals on the East End to partner with larger operations themselves. (more…)

10/26/14 10:00am
10/26/2014 10:00 AM
An electronic cigarette. (Credit: Lindsay Fox/ecigarettereviewed.com)

An electronic cigarette. (Credit: Lindsay Fox/ecigarettereviewed.com)

What was intended as a smoking cessation aid is the new smoking trend among Long Island’s youth, say health experts and local school officials, who are seeing an uptick in the number of students using electronic cigarettes.

Mattituck High School principal Shawn Petretti said he has recently seen firsthand an increase in the number of students using e-cigarettes.  (more…)

02/24/14 4:00pm
02/24/2014 4:00 PM
Stony Brook University's maternity center. Michael White photo.

Stony Brook University’s main lobby and maternity center. (Michael White photo)

Stony Brook University Hospital is now taking one of the insurance options offered through the healthcare exchange.

On Feb. 14., hospital officials reached an agreement with Health Republic through their health insurance provider MagnaCare. Health Republic is one of eight options offered to residents in Suffolk County through the exchange.

The hospital is still in “active discussions” with several of the other providers on the exchange, working to come to an agreement “that is both beneficial for patients and fiscally responsible for Stony Brook and the insurance carrier,” according to a statement from the hospital.

“We are pleased to have been able to amend our existing agreement with MagnaCare to include in-network coverage for thousands of Long Islanders participating in the NY State of Health Plan Marketplace,” said Dr. L. Reuven Pasternak, chief executive officer at Stony Brook University Hospital, and vice president for Health Systems, Stony Brook Medicine.

“It supports New York State’s mission to offer affordable care to our patients in a manner that is consistent with Stony Brook’s core mission as the safety net provider for the area and source of specialized and unique care for populations at risk.”

As of last week, all three East End Hospitals — Peconic Bay Medical Center, Eastern Long Island Hospital and Southampton Hospital, all comprising the East End Health Alliance — were accepting six of the eight plans. Those included EmblemHealth, Empire Blue Cross, Oscar, United Healthcare and Affinity insurances, as well as Health Republic, a nonprofit alternative health plan.

For patients with out-of-network exchange options requiring care that only Stony Brook University Hospital can provide, Stony Brook will work with the patient’s exchange plan to try to reach an arrangement for payment, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Patients in need of this type of assistance should call Stony Brook University Hospital’s office of healthcare tele-services at (631) 444-4392.