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Stony Brook Medicine: Building a Healthier Future for LI

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State-of-the-Art Outpatient Care Facility Is Unveiled in Lake Grove

Stony Brook Medicine marked a major milestone as it celebrated the opening of its latest and most expansive outpatient care facility, Stony Brook Advanced Specialty Care at Lake Grove.

Located at the former Sears department store in the Smith Haven Mall, the new state-of-the-art facility offers patients across Long Island a comprehensive, integrated, single-site experience to meet all of their healthcare needs. The modern, open-concept layout currently occupies 60,000 square feet of space with a full expansion to 170,000 square feet targeted for completion by 2027. Furthermore, the facility is conveniently located in the center of a busy commercial corridor and is on several public transportation routes, ensuring that patients can easily reach the facility.

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Back Row: Jonathan Kornreich, Brookhaven Town Councilmember; NYS Senator Dean Murray;  Anne Walsh-Feeks, Chief Operating Officer of Ambulatory Operations; Dr. Gregson Pigott, Suffolk County Health Commissioner; Lake Grove Mayor Robert Scottaline;  Frank Trotta, Stony Brook Councilmember; Legislator Leslie Kennedy; Smithtown Councilmember Thomas Lohman; Smithtown Councilmember Lisa Inzerillo . Front Row: Representative from Assemblyman Ed Flood; Sharon Meinster, Assistant Vice President, Facilities Planning and Design; Peter Igarashi, MD, Dean, Renaissance School of Medicine; Carol Gomes, Chief Executive Officer, Stony Brook University Hospital; Todd Griffin, MD, Vice President for Clinical Services and Vice Dean for Clinical Affairs; Maurie McInnis, President, Stony Brook University; Harold (Hal) Paz, MD, Executive Vice President for Health Sciences, Stony Brook University and Chief Executive Officer, Stony Brook University Medicine; Cary Staller, SUNY Trustee and Stony Brook Foundation member; Ed Wehrheim, Smithtown Town Supervisor; Ed Romaine, Brookhaven Town Supervisor; NYS Assemblymember Mike Fitzpatrick; Kevin Law, Chair, Stony Brook Council.

“Stony Brook Medicine brings world-class — and even one-of-a-kind — medical care right to Long Islanders’ backyards,” said Stony Brook University President Maurie McInnis at the July 19 ribbon cutting ceremony. “With its location in the Smith Haven Mall, Stony Brook Medicine is reminding patients we are here for them. We believe quality healthcare should be accessible to all. As a world-renowned medical system and an entrusted flagship university for New York State, it is our duty and privilege to make it so.”

Executive Vice President for Health Sciences and Chief Executive Officer of Stony Brook University Medicine Hal Paz, MD, shared how the facility will shape the future of healthcare.

“A critical piece of our planning for the future is making access to world-class healthcare at Stony Brook Medicine easier for our patients — and expansion of our outpatient sites is one way we are delivering on this promise,” Paz said. “I applaud those who joined us in the vision to take this large unused retail space and transform it into the modern, accessible outpatient healthcare center it is today. This facility will greatly boost Stony Brook Medicine’s progress toward creating a future that transforms lives on Long Island through innovations in healthcare, research, and education.”

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Hal Paz, MD, Executive Vice President for Health Sciences, Stony Brook University, and Chief Executive Officer, Stony Brook University Medicine, provides remarks to the crowd.

Peter Igarashi, MD, dean of the Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University, explained that the new facility will provide a collaborative space for patients and providers and include space for clinical research. “Our goal is to provide one-stop shopping where patients can receive clinical care, and on the same visit have the opportunity to enroll in clinical trials that will improve the detection, treatment and prevention of disease,” he said.

“Looking to the future, we are excited to announce the planned Phase 2 of our expansion commences in 2024, which will bring additional enhancements to care, including [services] for Orthopaedics and Obstetrics and Gynecology [as well as Radiology and Imaging services],” said Todd Griffin, MD, vice president for clinical services and vice dean for clinical affairs at Stony Brook Medicine. “Future plans include the introduction of an Advanced Urgent Care facility catering to the immediate healthcare needs of our community.”

Current healthcare practices at the site include Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, Family Population and Preventive Medicine and Neurology; a Comprehensive Pain Management Center and hospital-based services, including Genetic Counseling, Diabetes Education and Neuropsychology. The Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program is also available on-site.

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Sharon Meinster, Assistant Vice President, Facilities Planning and Design, providing tours of the new facility.

Local officials praised the entire Stony Brook Medicine and Stony Brook University community.

“You ask people in their everyday lives what concerns them … They’re concerned about health, because without health, you don’t have anything else,” said Brookhaven Town Supervisor Ed Romaine. “This facility will do so much good for so many years and for so many people.”

“This is an excellent partnership and a huge benefit both to the new residents that will be coming to live in our Town of Smithtown, and also for Stony Brook Medicine,” added Smithtown Town Supervisor Ed Wehrheim. “We make laws in government, but you folks — doctors and staff and nurses — actually save lives, and that’s what’s important to a community!”

In the near future, Stony Brook Medicine will welcome the community to the new facility at a community open house and public healthcare events.

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Photos by John Griffin

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