Hospital expands services
Last Thursday, Sept. 10, the Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center conducted a flag-raising ceremony in honor of the first phase completion of the new Knapp Cardiac Care Center with fanfare that included East Patchogue VFW Post 8300 and the Suffolk County Police Department Pipe and Drum Band.
The flag, one that originally flew over the United States Capitol building, was presented by U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin’s office.
It was symbolic in a number of ways.
“We are not only raising the flag, but we are raising the quality in care,” said BMHMC board chair Lisa Rose.
The $60 million, 60,000-square-foot building is expected to transform Brookhaven hospital into a premier healthcare facility with four operating suites. It will provide advanced interventional cardiac care technology that allows cardiologists to visualize and assess necessary information for treating blockages with medication, balloon angioplasty or stent placement.
According to BMHMC, the new center will be critical in treating heart attack or stroke patients.
“Vital services that once required us to transfer patients are now in our backyard,” said Rose. “A year ago we had our ground-breaking ceremony and less than a year from now, we will be opening the state-of-the-art building.”
BMHMC President and Chief Executive Officer Richard T. Margulis said the hospital is grateful for the generosity of the Knapp family, the board of directors and all the benefactors who supported this vision. The new center, he explained, will provide a state-of-the-art interventional cardiac care center for over 370,000 Long Island residents served by the hospital.
“We want to be the very best community hospital,” he said. “At Brookhaven we believe very strongly about family and community and this is today about community and this is about taking care of our community and doing what is right for them.”
The KCCC’s exterior construction is on schedule and the interior construction will begin this fall. The hospital anticipates completion by this time next year; at that time, they will host an official opening.
Over 50 people from the community and hospital attended the event, including officials in support of the expansion such as Suffolk County Executive Steven Bellone, Suffolk County Legislators Rob Calarco and Kate Browning, Brookhaven Supervisor Edward Romaine, Patchogue Mayor Paul Pontieri, state Assemblymen Andrew Garbarino and Dean Murray and representatives from Zeldin’s and state Sen. Tom Croci’s offices.
“This is so much about delivering critical needs for the people here in our community,” explained Bellone, “and for the need to be able to attract the best talent, the best young people, the best doctors, the best people in technology.”
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