Entenmann family makes gift to South Shore University Hospital

Largest gift in hospitals history

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 South Shore University Hospital (SSUH), Northwell Health’s Suffolk County tertiary hospital, received the largest gift in its history from the Entenmann family to support the hospital’s ongoing $500 million transformation, the hospital said in a press release.

The release said the campus will be named the Entenmann Family Campus at South Shore University Hospital in recognition of the generosity of the family behind the iconic baked goods company. 

According to the release, the hospital’s expansion and transformation include the construction of a 45,560-square-foot Women & Infants Center, expected to open in late 2022. In addition, a new pavilion will be built and will house private inpatient rooms and operating rooms, all with a focus on enhancing patient care and experience.

“South Shore University Hospital provides critical services throughout the region,” said Michael J. Dowling, Northwell’s president and CEO. “We are unbelievably grateful to the Entenmann family for their commitment to raising health in the community and we remain steadfast in our commitment to expand and enhance Northwell Health’s flagship hospital in Suffolk County.”

In 1905, William, Robert and Charles Entenmann moved their famous baking company’s factory from Brooklyn to Bay Shore, Long Island, just blocks away from the hospital.

“This gift will fuel our ability to provide lifesaving care, not only for patients in this community, but for patients across all of Suffolk County,” said Donna Moravick, RN, NP, executive director of South Shore University Hospital. “We received 1,200 transfers – many via our SkyHealth helicopter service — from Mather Hospital, Peconic Bay Medical Center and Huntington Hospital, into SSUH last year alone. I look at every gift with gratitude and think of just how many lives we’ve saved, and can continue to save.

“A gift like this positions South Shore to be the number one tertiary hospital in Suffolk County,” said Brian Lally, senior vice president and chief development officer at Northwell. “The Entenmann family’s gift to name the campus is providing the opportunity for patients to receive the best care available anywhere – in a hospital that no one imagined to be of this caliber. Their generosity is moving SSUH into a new era. That’s what philanthropy can do.”

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