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…)
About 100 people attended Dr. Christopher Gobler’s announcement event Friday in Southampton. (Credit: Will James)
Christopher Gobler on Friday summed up the state of Long Island’s bays in two words: “Not great.”
And he said he wants people to know it. (more…)
JENNIFER GUSTAVSON PHOTO Senator Ken LaValle at an announcement Tuesday that construction will begin this winter for a new wine and agricultural processing center in Calverton to assist small businesses on the East End to commercialize products.
Construction will begin this winter on a new wine and agricultural processing center in Calverton to help East End businesses commercialize products.
A planned 8,500 foot extension for an Agriculture Consumer Science Center at the Stony Brook University Calverton Business Incubator on Route 25 will give farmers and wineries a facility to commercialize their crops.
State Senator Ken LaValle, who secured a $3.5 million state grant for the project, said the center will give Long Island’s agricultural community the tools needed to develop “new marketable consumer items and enhance their product lines.”
Mr. LaValle was joined by SBU president Samuel Stanley, Riverhead Town Supervisor Sean Walter and the Long Island Farm Bureau’s newly elected executive director Frank Beyrodt of DeLea Sod Farms.
“With this new technology, there’s no limit of what can be accomplished,” Mr. Beyrodt said.
Local businesses will be able to rent space at the Agriculture Consumer Science Center for $25 an hour. Entrepreneurs will have access to fully equipped commercial kitchens to research and develop food production lines, such as soups, sauces and baked treats.
While construction will generate about 70 to 80 jobs, officials said it was “difficult to determine” how many permanent jobs the new facility would create.
Construction for the center is scheduled to be completed in about 14 months, officials said.