Peconic Bay Medical Center officials marked the official opening of the Gertrude and Louis Feil Campus for Ambulatory Care, which will offer urgent and primary care, as well as internal medicine and surgery options, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Manorville last Thursday, September 12.
The first of four buildings that will eventually be constructed off County Route 111, just north of the CVS Pharmacy, features urgent care, primary care, urology, internal medicine and orthopedic offices. The campus, an offshoot of the Riverhead hospital, began accepting patients on September 4, officials said.
The urgent care center is currently open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday, though officials said those hours will be expanded to better serve the community once the number of patients picks up. The campus is closed on Sundays.
“I think the goal would be for somebody to park their car at a spot in this facility and get just about all the medical care that they would need,” said Dr. George Ruggiero, who sits on the Peconic Bay Medical Center’s Board of Directors and lives in Manorville, when reached on Monday.
He explained that the area is otherwise underserved in terms of medical options, forcing locals to travel to Riverhead, or points to the west, to receive medical care.
“The opening of this new, state-of-the-art campus clearly recognizes the growing population in eastern Suffolk County, and the need of comprehensive medical and treatment services,” said Andrew Mitchell, the president and CEO of Peconic Bay Medical Center and PBMC Health, in a prepared statement.
Ground has been broken on the second building that will make up the $13 million complex, and that facility is scheduled to open its doors in the next eight to 12 months. It will offer urology, general surgery and a center for digestive disorders, Dr. Ruggiero said.
The third building is scheduled to open in approximately 18 months, and the fourth and final building in about two years. Dr. Ruggiero explained that hospital officials are still developing plans for those spaces, but the services offered would be in line with recent trends in ambulatory care.
Jeffrey and Lee Feil of Remsenburg donated a record-setting $5 million in March to Peconic Bay and, in turn, were allowed to name the hospital’s satellite campus after his late parents.
Dr. Ruggiero said construction of the new campus wouldn’t be possible without the help of the Feils, as well as all of the hospital’s other benefactors. He also noted that the doctors and surgeons at the new campus are “seasoned veterans” who will be able to provide the most up-to-date and comprehensive care possible to local residents.