Hospital merger had been in the works since 2015

ELIH Joins Stony Brook System




Eastern Long Island Hospital in Greenport became part of the Stony Brook Medicine healthcare system effective Monday, July 1.

The 90-bed hospital, which has been affiliated with Stony Brook Medicine since 2006 and agreed to the merger in 2015, is now known as Stony Brook Eastern Long Island Hospital and operates under Stony Brook’s license.

The move is similar to the one that saw Southampton Hospital join the Stony Brook system in 2017.

One of the goals of the merger is for the new hospital “to work collaboratively with Stony Brook University Hospital and Stony Brook Southampton Hospital to increase care, particularly specialized outpatient services,” Stony Brook Medicine stated in a release. “These hospitals in the Stony Brook Medicine healthcare system are working together to address healthcare gaps for East End residents, including specialty areas such as trauma, neurology, psychiatry, gynecology, pulmonology, hematology/oncology, and orthopedic services.”

“By welcoming Eastern Long Island Hospital into the Stony Brook Medicine hospital system, we remain on the cutting edge of healthcare, implementing new strategies to improve the health of the communities we serve,” said Dr. Kenneth Kaushansky, senior vice president, health services, and dean of the Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University.

“With the help of Stony Brook Medicine, ELIH has gradually grown its footprint during the past few years,” said Paul Connor III, chief administrative officer of the hospital. “We welcomed neurological surgery and urologic oncology specialists, and we now have general surgeons from Meeting House Lane Medical in Southampton performing procedures in our Surgical Center of Excellence.”

“This is an exciting time for Eastern Long Island Hospital,” added Thomas Murray, the chairman of Eastern Long Island Hospital’s board of directors. “A lot of hard work has taken place, but the reward is here now — to be part of Stony Brook Medicine. Becoming part of the Stony Brook Medicine family allows us to continue our mission, offering the best possible care to our patients and community.”

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