Peconic Landing plans to expand its medical services with a new wellness center, which is slated to open in April 2022.
The center, established in partnership with Stony Brook Medicine, will attract more specialist physicians to the East End. Many plan to organize office hours for the community as a whole, according to a press release.
The expansion will double the examination rooms of Peconic Landing’s existing wellness office, which currently offers three examination rooms and access to internal medicine, cardiology and podiatry. It will also create offices for Peconic Landing home health services.
Paul Connor, chief administrator of Stony Brook Eastern Long Island Hospital in Greenport, said at a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday that there was “an extreme shortage of doctors” in the East End.
“This is starting to meet two of the goals of this global merger that we had,” said Mr. Connor, referring to Stony Brook’s partnership with Peconic Landing. “One is to keep local health care, so that we can try to stop the emigration of people from the East End. [to go] in the west for their health care. We have to do it locally, and it’s a commitment from Stony Brook and Stony Brook ELI. Second, create health care options where there were none.
State Senator Anthony Palumbo (R-New Suffolk) emphasized the importance of community health during Thursday’s ceremony.
“That’s what is so exciting for me, to be the senator’s predecessor [Ken] LaValle, who got the money, and now my job would be to shake it up in the division’s budget, ”he said. “But it’s so important not only for the residents [of Peconic Landing], but also to the community.
Robert Syron, CEO of Peconic Landing, said Peconic Landing is delighted with its new partnership with Stony Brook Medicine.
“By bringing specialists back to us, we can erase hours of strenuous travel time from their schedules,” he said in a press release.
Right now, the expansion is expected to offer rheumatology and orthopedic services with more doctors planned, according to Connor.