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PBMC receives ‘A’ rating in patient safety from watchdog group

Peconic Bay Medical Center has received an ‘A’ rating in patient safety by Leapfrog, a nonprofit watchdog group that grades hospitals based on patient services.

Riverhead ambulance will begin billing for all transports in the next 60-90 days to cover the rising costs of emergency rescue...

Bills for ambulance transports will be sent directly to patients’ medical insurance companies and no collection actions will be taken against people without insurance, officials said.

Marine biotoxin found in Terry Creek & Meetinghouse Creek triggers temporary ban on shellfish harvesting

The ban is in response to the presence of saxitoxin, a marine biotoxin that accumulates in shellfish and can sicken people who eat shellfish affected by the toxin.

Air quality health advisory issued for Friday, affecting 46 counties in New York, including Suffolk

The pollutant of concern is ground-level ozone, a major component of photochemical smog. People, especially young children and those who have respiratory disease, such as asthma, are urged to take precautions.

Peconic Bay Medical Center names new chairs of surgery and cardiology departments

Peconic Bay Medical Center has appointed Dr. Luis Davila Santini chair of surgery and Dr. John Kassotis chair of cardiology, the hospital said in a press release.

Women’s health takes front and center at Northwell Health-Peconic Bay Medical Center

Peconic Bay Medical Center is expanding its focus on women’s health with new services and facilities aimed at providing comprehensive care close to home for women in all stages of life.

State to end mask mandate in hospitals, nursing homes Sunday, will follow CDC guidance keyed to COVID-19 community transmission levels

As long as a health care facility is located in a county where COVID-19 community transmission levels are not high, health care facilities may eliminate mask requirements, according to the new state guidance, which follows guidance already established by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

New advanced dialysis program available at PBMC

Peconic Bay Medical Center has implemented a new and advanced dialysis program, Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy, which is is administered much more slowly than typical dialysis, and it is a more comfortable alternative for critically ill patients, as it is gentler on the body.

Stony Brook hospitals ranked jointly as one of “America’s 50 Best Hospitals” by healthcare info website

Stony Brook University Hospital has been ranked as one of “America’s 50 Best Hospitals” in 2023 by the healthcare industry information website Healthgrades.

New omicron subvariant, most contagious yet, spreading rapidly in New York, as cases rise

The most contagious COVID-19 variant yet is rapidly spreading in the U.S., especially in the Northeast. It is already responsible for more than 70% of new confirmed cases in NY, where case numbers have been climbing.