Peconic Bay Medical Center officials are honoring three South Fork residents—Peggy and Stanley Zinberg of Remsenburg, and Dr. Agostino Cervone of Southampton Village—at their annual Candlelight Ball this Saturday, May 31, at the Suffolk Theater on Main Street in downtown Riverhead.
The Zinbergs, who are retired from the medical field, will be recognized as the Riverhead hospital’s 2014 Community Honorees, while Dr. Cervone will be honored as the facility’s 2014 Physician of the Year.
The Zinbergs—he was a physician and she a registered nurse in the Washington, D.C., area—are being recognized for their leadership and financial contributions at Peconic Bay, according Demetrios Kadenas, a spokesman for the Riverhead hospital. He declined to say how much the couple has donated to the medical center.
“We were surprised and honored,” Dr. Zinberg said when reached this week. “It’s so important to support your local hospital, and we hope people feel the same way.”
The Zinbergs have been full-time residents of Remsenburg since 2008. Previously, they lived in Washington, D.C., and maintained a summer home in Remsenburg. Dr. Zinberg has served on the Peconic Bay Medical Center’s Foundation Board for the past two years, and on the Board of Directors for the past year.
The couple’s donations have helped fund renovations at the hospital’s admission’s office and provided seed money for the development of a progressive care unit, which acts as an extra stop between post-surgery recovery rooms and admittance back to a regular room at the hospital. The couple decided to support these two initiatives after reviewing what was needed the most at Peconic Bay, Dr. Zinberg said.
Dr. Cervone, a 15-year veteran of the Riverhead hospital, will accept the 2014 Physician of the Year Award this Saturday night after receiving the most votes from patients for the honor.
“He hit it out of the park this year,” Mr. Kadenas said of the physician. “He is loved by the community and connects with people very easily.”
Dr. Cervone has held a variety of positions at Peconic Bay over the years, including the chief of surgery and president of the medical staff. A general surgeon, he specializes in robotic and minimally invasive procedures, and is now the director of general robotic surgery at the hospital. He earned his degree from Ross University in the Caribbean in 1994 before completing his general surgery residency through the University of Maryland.
“I’m excited,” Dr. Cervone said of the honor. “It’s always nice to be recognized.”
The robotic procedures he supervises are an advancement of laparoscopy, which uses a small incision to complete a surgical procedure. Using the technology, Dr. Cervone said, the procedures can be seen in three-dimensions on a computer screen instead of two, and the risk of blood loss decreases dramatically among patients. Recovery time for patients also decreases due to the minimally evasive procedures.
“Ever since robotics became FDA approved in 2001, it’s been something I’ve been interested in, but it was isolated at first,” Dr. Cervone said, adding that he intends to teach local surgeons about the technology.
“It’s nice to be able to train surgeons,” he added, referring to the hospital’s general surgery residency program, which is now in its third year. “It’s nice to be able to pass on what we do to the next generation.”
Dr. Cervone and the Zinbergs will be honored during Saturday’s Candlelight Ball, which begins at 6:30 p.m. Comedian Bobby Collins and guest emcee Sherry Davey will entertain guests. Tickets to the gala are $300 each and can be ordered by calling (631) 548-6080. The evening’s festivities also include a live auction hosted by John Luke, host of the television show Storage Wars NY.
Additionally, Peconic Bay is hosting a car raffle and the winner can receive either $20,000 cash or choose from one of five different 2014 vehicles: a Honda CR-Z; a Dodge Dart; a Ford Fusion; a Toyota Prius; or a Buick Verano. Raffle tickets cost $100 each or three for $200.
According to Mr. Kadenas, hospital officials would like to raise $375,000 though the fundraiser, which supports the ambulatory care services provided by Peconic Bay at its urgent care facilities, primary care walk-in offices and its new ambulatory care center in Manorville.