Patient admissions up at Peconic Bay

While hospitals throughout Long Island are generally showing declines in patient admissions, Riverhead’s Peconic Bay Medical Center has experienced a 4.3 percent increase. It is the fastest growing hospital in Suffolk County and the second fastest in all of Long Island.
The figures were released by the Nassau Suffolk Hospital Council this week and reflect 2010 growth as of July 31. Only South Nassau Communities Hospital in Oceanside exceeded the PBMC growth rate, with admission increasing this year by 5.8 percent.
PBMC president and CEO Andrew Mitchell said a double digit increase in census figures for the area the hospital serves is part of the reason for the increase in admissions. He also pointed to the opening of the Kanas Center for Advanced Surgery last September that has attracted many doctors to want to work at PBMC.
The addition of a robotic surgery specialty at the hospital should continue to reap benefits for Peconic Bay, Mr. Mitchell said.
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