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STONY BROOK AND EASTERN LONG ISLAND HOSPITAL FORGE ALLIANCE, EXPAND HEALTH CARE SERVICES ON NORTH FORK

5/15/2006


Alliance is Second Approved by the State of New York

Signing the Agreement
Historic Signing...ELIH Chairman, Thomas Murray, Stony Brook
University Hospital CEO, Jack Gallagher, ELIH President & CEO,
Paul Connor, Senator Kenneth LaValle and Stony Brook University
School of Medicine Dean, Richard N. Fine, M.D., gather to sign
the agreement forging the Alliance between Stony Brook University
Hospital and Eastern Long Island Hospital.

GREENPORT AND STONY BROOK, N.Y., MAY 12, 2006 Stony Brook University Hospital and Eastern Long Island Hospital (ELIH) today announced that the State of New York has approved a comprehensive alliance between the two health care facilities that will bring new and strengthened clinical services to the North Fork of Suffolk County including Shelter Island. It is the second community hospital to become part of the new alliance formed by Stony Brook University Hospital. There will be no change in governance of either hospital.

The alliance will allow Stony Brook and ELIH to collaborate on inpatient and outpatient clinical programs, and provide Stony Brook's expertise to ELIH in performing clinical laboratory testing services. Another major component of the agreement provides for administrative and corporate partnerships that will include quality and continuous quality improvement projects, supply procurement and management, and other administrative services. The two hospitals also will explore working collaboratively in developing clinical relationships, including supporting ELIH in developing a geriatric center of excellence.

The agreement follows the recent East End extension of Stony Brook's Long Island Geriatric Education Center (LIGEC) in a partnership established last month in conjunction with ELIH and the Town of Southold to expand training of healthcare professionals serving Eastern Long Island's substantial aging population.

"This agreement with ELIH brings us closer to our goal to increase the breadth and quality of health care provided by Eastern Long Island Hospital to its community using the scope of Stony Brook's programs and services," said Jack Gallagher, Interim CEO of Stony Brook University Hospital and Paul J. Connor III, President and CEO of ELIH in a joint statement. "It is designed to increase access to advanced health care and enhance the quality of that care for the region."

"Because this affiliation links Eastern Long Island Hospital to the only tertiary care hospital and medical school in Suffolk County," said Thomas E. Murray, Jr., Chairman, Board of Trustees, ELIH, "it fosters the development of a regional health network, and ensures the delivery of excellence in patient care for residents and visitors to the North Fork."

"Working closely with community hospitals such as Eastern Long Island and Peconic Bay helps fulfill our mission as the only academic medical center in the region to expand services to the community and quality patient care," said Richard N. Fine, M.D., Dean of Stony Brook University's School of Medicine.

The announcement comes a little more than one year after Peconic Bay Medical Center (formerly known as Central Suffolk Hospital) and Stony Brook first made news with a ground-breaking agreement to form an alliance that bolsters the breadth and quality of health care provided to people living on the East End of Long Island.

"We are making an investment of medical and academic expertise in the health care of the region," both CEOs agreed. Through its relationship with ELIH and Peconic Bay, Stony Brook hopes to further its missions of enhancing community health by potentially developing advanced clinical programs at both community hospitals that will also support academic medical residencies in several disciplines. Such clinical programs have already been established by Stony Brook and Peconic Bay in Family Medicine and Emergency Medicine.

"I am pleased that Eastern Long Island Hospital and Stony Brook Hospital will be working together to meet the health care needs of the public," said Senator Kenneth P. LaValle who sponsored the "Flexibility" legislation authorizing the alliance. "The partnering of these respected medical facilities will ensure that residents have access to quality, affordable health care within their local community."

"Stony Brook plays a unique and critical role in the region's education, research and clinical health care," said Shirley Strum Kenny, President of Stony Brook University. "Stony Brook and Eastern Long Island Hospital will benefit from this alliance. More importantly, the people of eastern Long Island will benefit."

Stony Brook University Hospital is the only academic medical center on Long Island and the only tertiary care hospital in Suffolk County. With 504 beds and 4,000 employees, Stony Brook is the largest hospital in the county. The new Heart Center and the Stony Brook University Cancer Center attract patients from throughout the region with cutting edge diagnostic and treatment facilities and compassionate care. Stony Brook has Long Island's only kidney transplantation center and the nation's first Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis Center. The hospital is also the regional referral center for trauma, perinatal and neonatal intensive care, burns, bone marrow and stem cell transplantation, cystic fibrosis, pediatric/adult AIDS, and is home to the Cody Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities.

Eastern Long Island Hospital is an 80-bed, full-service, community hospital committed to delivering excellence in patient care and meeting all the health needs of the North Fork and Shelter Island. Established in 1905, Eastern Long Island Hospital is Suffolk County's first voluntary hospital and boasts a reputation for combining advanced technology with 'compassionate caring' and extraordinary personal attention.

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