Stony Brook Medicine was among those recognized at the annual Brookhaven Chambers of Commerce Coalition’s Outstanding Member of the Year Awards Reception for its tremendous contributions to the community, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Greater Middle Country Chamber of Commerce nominated the university and medical system for the award. The Middle Country Chamber, led by Board of Directors President Lenore Paprocky, noted in its nomination letter Stony Brook’s work to bridge the gap between the campus and surrounding communities. Throughout the past few years, Stony Brook served as a vital resource for health information and services and housed vaccination and drive-through coronavirus testing sites.
Back in February, the Middle Country Chamber recognized Stony Brook Medicine as its Member of the Year with Carol Gomes, Stony Brook University Hospital’s chief executive officer and chief operating officer, accepting the award. The April 26 reception at The Meadow Club in Port Jefferson Station served as a culminating celebration among members of the Brookhaven Coalition.
“Besides the obvious advantages they bring to our community, they offer specific advantages directly to our business community and help lift this chamber to a new level of member services, which is why they are our choice for Chamber Member of the Year,” the Middle Country Chamber’s nomination letter stated.
Carolyn Santora, chief regulatory affairs chief nursing officer, and Joan Dickinson, assistant vice president for University and Hospital Community Relations, accepted the award at the April reception. Santora expressed gratitude for the award and appreciation for everything that Brookhaven businesses and the community did to help support the medical professionals during the height of the pandemic.
Established in 1992, the Brookhaven Chambers of Commerce Coalition represents more than 16 chambers in the Town of Brookhaven. The awards reception, which is in its 22nd year, honors members that represent the values and mission of the coalition.
— Erika Karp