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Southampton Hospital Expands Women’s Health Program

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Southampton Hospital (southamptonhospital.org) has announced an expansion of its women’s health program with the addition of Lisa Johnson, DPT, OCS, WCS, CSCS, whose practice, Women’s Health Physical Therapy, encompasses services related to the evaluation, treatment, and education of women’s health issues across the life span.

Dr. Johnson’s health program looks at issues like dysfunction in urology, pelvic floor dysfunction and pain, obstetrics, gynecology, gastroenterology, bone health, post-breast cancer surgical rehabilitation, eating disorders, menopausal symptoms, sexual health, sports medicine issues unique to women, and symptoms of abuse. Appointments for Dr. Johnson can be arranged through the hospital’s Ed & Phyllis Davis Wellness Institute at 631-726-8800.

“Dr. Johnson is one of only 10 specialists in New York certified by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties—there are only 154 nationwide—as a Clinical Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy, as well as in Women’s Health. We are very fortunate to have her experience available to our patients,” said Dr. Fredric I. Weinbaum, the hospital’s Chief Medical Officer.

New Affordable Health Care Clinic Opens in Southampton

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Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and HRHCare President and CEO Anne Kauffman Nolon officially opened the Kraus Family Health Center of the Hamptons at Southampton Hospital on Wednesday. Photo by Mara Certic.


By Mara Certic

“The face of healthcare is changing and the County of Suffolk is at the forefront of it,” said Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. at the grand opening of the Kraus Family Health Center of the Hamptons on Wednesday, May 21.

Hudson River HealthCare, a not-for-profit health care system, had an official ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new center at Southampton Hospital. Construction of the almost 10,000 square foot clinic began in October of 2013.

HRHCare’s mission is “to increase access to comprehensive primary and preventive health care and to improve the health status of our community, especially for the underserved and vulnerable.”

Its first center opened in Peekskill in July 1975; it now has 22 centers in New York, which provide care for more than 90,000 patients. English and Spanish are spoken at every site, and six other languages are spoken at specific HRHCare clinics.

Suffolk County Legislator Jay Schneiderman said that the new clinic offers “significantly more” than what the urgent care clinics in both East Hampton and Southampton previously provided.

The new center will offer affordable health care, including family medicine, behavioral health services, dental care and women’s health services.

The clinic unofficially opened its doors on March 17 to provide family medicine services. Since then nearly 800 patients have made 1,200 visits to this site, according to HRHCare President and CEO Anne Kauffman Nolon. In the first month the clinic was open, 60 percent of its patients were uninsured and 182 of them were homeless. “It’s good to know that we’re really meeting a need here,” Ms. Nolon said.

Robert Chaloner, President and CEO of Southampton Hospital, announced that the Kraus Family Health Center already has its first six resident doctors, who will start in July. “As your landlord, we promise to be kind,” he said to Ms. Nolon on Wednesday.

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, the day’s keynote speaker, said that the new facility is a “major advancement” for Suffolk County and thanked Hudson River Healthcare; he said that its hard work is the “main reason” that the clinic is open today.

Mr. Bellone also thanked local government officials for their dedication in seeing this project through: “If I had one word to describe Jay it would be relentless,” he said of Mr. Schneiderman. “We wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for his tenacity.”

“And our great partners at the town level,” he continued. “Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst, on this issue and so many others, you’re a great leader. And all of our partners in Southampton, thank you.”

The Kraus Family Health Center of the Hamptons is located at Southampton Hospital at 330 Meeting House Lane, Southampton. For more information visit hrhcare.org or call (631) 268-1008.


Finney Comes Forward as $20 Million Lotto Winner

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Southampton Hospital orderly Cameron Finney, 48, of Mastic, came forward last Thursday, May 16 at the New York Lottery’s Plainview Center as the winner of a $20 million Mega Millions jackpot.

Mr. Finney, who won the jackpot in a March 25 drawing, claimed his winnings Thursday, which amounts to $7.4 million after state and tax withholdings.

According to a release issued by the New York Lottery, Mr. Finney had been out for a chicken dinner at Popeye’s the evening of the drawing when he made a last-minute decision to go next door for a lottery ticket, spending just $4. The next day, while buying breakfast, Mr. Finney swiped his ticket and saw the “Big Winner” message. The ticket was sold at a gas station in Coram.

Mr. Finney collected his winnings with his wife, Donna, and daughter, Christina.

Southampton Hospital Class Offers a Better Birthing Experience

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DSC_0127Left, Kate Westra, with her children, Aidan, left, and Simone, is teaching hypnobirthing classes at Southampton Hospital’s Ed and Phyllis Davis Wellness Institute. Kotz photo

By Stephen J. Kotz

Kate Westra’s first birth was similar to those experienced by most American women, a frightening and painful experience. “I felt completely unprepared and out of control,” she said of the birth of her son, Aidan, now six-and-a-half, in a Seattle hospital.

What’s more, she felt disconnected from the process. After a nine-month journey through her pregnancy, she felt as though she had missed the most important part: the birth.

But by the time she had her second child, Simone, three years ago in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Ms. Westra had become a devotee to hypnobirthing, a technique that uses breathing techniques, visualization, and self-hypnosis to help women have easier and more comfortable births. There was a night-and-day difference between the two experiences, she said.

“The birth of my daughter was the most beautiful, empowering birth I could have hoped for,” she said.

It was such a powerful experience that Ms. Westra gave up her career in marketing and advertising to become a hypnobirth certified educator through the Hypnobirthing Institute, and started teaching classes out of her East Quogue home shortly after moving to Southampton two years ago. Last fall, she began to offer the classes at the Ed and Phyllis Davis Wellness Institute at Southampton Hospital.

A new five-week series starts on Thursday, March 27. The classes meet from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in room. There is a $400 fee per couple.

Ms. Westra said her course is open to anyone who wants to develop skills to better manage their birth, whether they plan on having their baby at home or in the hospital. She said she would recommend that a couple take the class between the 20th and25th week of a pregnancy, “but it’s never too late and it’s never too early. Every woman can have the birth she wants.”

The five sessions cover a lot of ground, from offering basic information on how women’s bodies  have adapted to the birthing process and how they can assist that process rather than fight it, to the steps of labor and just about everything in between, including instruction in light body massage, nutrition, breathing, and self-hypnosis.

If meditation is the art of emptying one’s mind of thought, self-hypnosis is learning how to sharply focus the mind on the task at hand while remaining completely relaxed, Ms. Westra said.

“In the subconscious, all your memories are stacked” like books on a shelf, Ms. Westra said. If woman has been told over and over again that birth is a terrible experience, those are the kind of thoughts her mind will pull out of storage. If, however, she has learned that the birth experience can be a tremendously fulfilling one, she is much more likely to feel in control when she goes into labor, she said.

The most important lesson though, is for women to embrace the experience of giving birth rather than fear it. “The key is understanding what is going on,” said Ms. Westra. “Once we let the fear in, our fight or flight instinct kicks in.” And when that happens, a woman loses the benefit of the naturally incurring—and pain reducing endorphins—and instead starts producing adrenalin, which puts stress on the body rather than relaxing it.

It is better, she said, to recognize “we have no control over it, and if we can get out the way and let the birthing process happen, it will most likely result in a normal birth without complications.”

While Ms. Westra said some women are lucky enough to experience a nearly pain-free birth, she pointed out that the process is called “labor” for a reason. Giving birth is, obviously, hard work, “but it doesn’t have to be this horrible, painful experience.”

For more information about hypnobirthing classes, call the Ed and Phyllis Davis Wellness Institute at Southampton Hospital at 728-9355 or visit hamptonswellnessinstitute.org for visit Ms. Westra’s website, hbhamptons.com.

Southampton Hospital Regional Dialysis Center Earns Accolades

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Southampton Hospital’s Regional Dialysis Center, which is located at its Hampton Bays Atrium site, has been recognized for the third consecutive year for its patient safety program. The Five-Diamond Award is presented by IPRO’s End Stage Renal Disease Network of New York, which is dedicated to assisting dialysis and renal transplantation centers in establishing and maintaining high standards of care for their patients.

The network’s interactive program is designed so that each dialysis facility completes one module at a time and submits documentation for review. The quality of each module determines the number of “diamonds” awarded, with a maximum of five diamonds, within the participation period. 

Licensed by the New York Department of Health, the hospital’s state-of-the-art dialysis center offers a full range of treatments in an environment designed for optimum comfort. Individual televisions, WIFI access, as well as the generous donation by the J. Couper Lord Foundation of specially designed reclining chairs with special gel cushions, all enhance the comfort of patients.

The staff includes Dr. Gaylord Hoffert, who is a board-certified nephrologist and the center’s medical director; the nursing staff of certified dialysis RNs; LPNs and dialysis technicians skilled in renal therapy and clinical technology; certified social workers who provide assistance on insurance, social and economic issues; and a New York State registered dietitian to provide dietary guidance.

“We have a great team that strives to give each patient the best care possible,” said Dr. Hoffert.

The center offers evening appointments for those who are working during the day and there is 24-hour access in case of an emergency. More information is available at 723-4200.

Southampton Hospital Donates Bouvier Birth Certificate to John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

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Robert I. Ross (above), Southampton Hospital’s Vice President of Community and Government Relations traveled to Boston, Massachusetts earlier this month to donate the birth records of former US First Lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis to Tom Putnan, director of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.

The records, which have been in Southampton Hospital’s possession since Mrs. Onassis’ birth on July 28, 1929, were donated to the JFK Library with the express permission of Caroline Kennedy, Onassis’ daughter and the newly appointed US Ambassador to Japan. While looking for documents pertaining to the Hospital 100th anniversary in 2009, Ross came upon Mrs. Onassis’ birth records in a hospital safe, in a manila envelope marked “Mrs. President Jack Kennedy.”

“Southampton Hospital is extremely pleased to transfer this piece of American history to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum where visitors to the 35th President’s Library will be able to view the documents,” commented Robert S. Chaloner, Hospital President and CEO.

Arrest Made in Alleged Sexual Assault in Wainscott

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By Kathryn G. Menu

A Rockville Centre teen, Joseph Cardinali, was arrested by East Hampton Town Police on Sunday, November 17 and charged with aggravated sexual assault in the first degree, a felony, and assault in the third degree, a misdemeanor.

According to East Hampton Town Police, around 5:11 p.m. they responded to the Wainscott address of Phoenix House, a non-profit provider of substance abuse services, following a report of a victim of violence.

An 18-year-old male victim was transported to Southampton Hospital where he was admitted and underwent surgery, said police. Police said investigation indicates a wooden broom handle was used by Cardinali, 16, to penetrate the rectum of the victim.

Cardinali was subsequently arrested and charged.

An investigation is ongoing. Police ask anyone with information that may assist in this investigation contact the East Hampton Town Police Department at 537-7575. All calls will be kept confidential.

Community Rallies Around Accident Victim

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By Kathryn G. Menu

Many Sag Harbor residents think of Jhenny Bueno Arias much as Saqib Hameed does — bright, affable, hard working and great with children. Those are the qualities that made her shine for many who frequent the 7-Eleven where Arias and Hameed work at in Sag Harbor.

Since Arias, 36, was struck by a Jeep while walking home from work on January 15, community members have rallied around the single mother of four, donating roughly $1,600 through a bake sale at 7-Eleven and another $2,000 in donation jars.

According to Hameed — the manager at 7-Eleven and a friend of Arias — the injuries she suffered as a result of the accident will likely leave her thousands more in debt. This is why Hameed, working with several other residents, has vowed to continue fundraising to aid Arias, who as a single mother was the breadwinner for her four children.

On January 15, around 7:30 p.m. Arias was struck while crossing Brick Kiln Road at the intersection of Main Street. She was airlifted to Stony Brook University Medical Center where she was treated for a number of injuries including a punctured lung, broken ribs and a fractured hip and pelvis, among others, said Hameed.

The 60-year-old East Hampton driver involved in the accident was not injured and police did not charge him with a crime.

Hameed said Arias, who is a Sag Harbor resident, was sent home from the hospital this week, largely because of her lack of health insurance. Her injuries have still left her unable to walk, said Hameed.

Hameed said he was working to get her into a serious rehabilitation program for her injuries. Arias did start physical therapy earlier this week and does have help from her older son, he added, but medical bills and household expenses are piling up and fundraising is necessary, said Hameed.

Hameed has recently begun asking people to donate to Arias cause by making a check payable to Jhenny Bueno Arias and dropping it off at 7-Eleven or mailing it to P.O. Box 3134, Sag Harbor, New York 11963.

Hameed has been aided in the fundraising effort, he said, by Julie Adamski and Delia Chicka, who helped organize a bake sale that raised over $1,600 for Arias.

“Everyone has already been so supportive, it makes me very happy to live here,” said Hameed. “We have such a loving and helping community in Sag Harbor. I am very grateful for Jhenny.”

Regional Healthcare System Praised by Officials Touting Stony Brook and Southampton Hospital Affiliation

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By Kathryn G. Menu

Flanked by government leaders at a Monday morning press conference, officials from Southampton Hospital and Stony Brook University Medical Center lauded plans for an affiliation between the them. It’s the beginning of what both facilities hope will become a regional healthcare system for the East End of Long Island.

At the press conference, leadership from Stony Brook University, the State University of New York and Southampton Hospital announced they have signed a non-binding letter of intent in which Southampton Hospital will join Stony Brook University’s medical system and construct a new hospital building on the Stony Brook University Southampton campus.

For Robert Chaloner, the CEO of Southampton Hospital, the opportunities presented in an affiliation with Stony Brook will allow the hospital to grow in a positive direction.

“It’s hard for me to walk anywhere in this community without hearing the role the hospital plays,” said Chaloner. “We are the largest employer, we are an economic engine for the community, we are the organizing force for keeping doctors here in the community and we are the developer of services. And many people, especially as you go further east into East Hampton communities and out to Montauk, are frightened at the fact that we may move or any change we have made because we are an isolated community that is aging in its demographic.”

“We need to partner as we move forward,” said Chaloner, “because when all is said and done we are still a small community hospital entering an era of unprecedented change in health care and an era where hospitals of all sizes will be stressed and challenged.”

“We need a partner we can work with to ensure the long term survival of this organization,” he added. “And I can’t think of a better partner than Stony Brook University Medical Center.”

According to a press release issued the morning of the press conference, Southampton Hospital’s 125-bed facility would provide care under Stony Brook University Hospital’s New York State operating license. As the affiliation between the hospitals moves forward, Stony Brook and Southampton officials will comply with the collective bargaining agreements with public unions at Stony Brook University Hospital and the private sector unions at Southampton Hospital.

Southampton Hospital employees will maintain their status as private sector employees along with all of their collective bargaining rights, according to the release.

The letter of intent calls on Southampton Hospital to continue clinical services on the South Fork with a joint advisory committee made up of members appointed by both hospitals advising on strategic and community issues for the East End facility.

The letter of intent also calls for launching a Southampton Hospital led philanthropic campaign to raise funds to build a new state-of-the-art hospital on Stony Brook University’s Southampton campus. Southampton Hospital’s current facility on Meeting House Lane opened in 1909.

According to Congressman Tim Bishop — who joined New York State Senator Ken LaValle and New York State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele at the press conference — this affiliation will lead to expanded educational opportunities for the hospitals and serve as an economic driver allowing the college campus to realize its potential.

“It is so important from so many different vantage points not the least of which is the educational opportunities which will give rise to the economic possibilities that will solidify that college and solidify the role we have always wanted it to play on eastern Long Island,” said Bishop, who has had four generations of his family born at Southampton Hospital and who also served as the provost for Southampton College when it was owned by Long Island University. “Let’s go forward and make this happen.”

Like Bishop, Thiele has roots in both the hospital and the college. Born at Southampton Hospital and a graduate of Southampton College, Thiele noted his life literally would not be what it is today without both institutions.

“And to see those things brought together and married together into something that is going to benefit so many people in this community is just something I couldn’t be more proud of,” said Thiele.

According to the terms in the letter of intent, the next step in the process is for the two hospitals to enter “a due diligence phase,” during which they will exchange business, financial and legal information. Final agreement would also require the approval of numerous New York State regulatory and legislative authorities as well as the Southampton Hospital Board of Trustees.

For LaValle, Monday morning’s press conference was the first step in realizing a 20-year dream. The concept of a regional healthcare system for the East End has been on LaValle’s mind for two-decades, since he passed a bill allowing loan deferral for medical students who agreed to work in a medically underserved area like the East End for as long as five years.

“That was the first recognition that the community I represented was medically underserved,” said LaValle.

He would later talk to former director and CEO of Stony Brook University Medical Center, Michael Maffetone about a vision where Stony Brook was the center of a regional healthcare system for the whole of the East End, including Southampton Hospital, the Peconic Bay Medical Center and Eastern Long Island Hospital.

“It is all about the delivery of quality care and as was mentioned not only will people be getting quality care but within the environment we are increasing job creation because what will happen is more doctors will come out here, open office and they have to hire people,” said LaValle. “It is a win-win.”

“Initiatives like this are going to help us provide better medical care to the people of the East End of Long Island,” said Stony Brook University President Dr. Samuel Stanley. “And it is also going to help Stony Brook University fulfill its mission as an academic medical center to train the next generation of medical care providers.”

Stony Brook University Hospital’s new CEO and vice president for health systems Dr. L. Reuven Pasternak comes to Stony Brook from the Inova Health System in northern Virginia, which Dr. Kenneth Kaushansky, the senior vice president of health sciences and the dean of Stony Brook University School of Medicine said has given Dr. Pasternak the tools necessary to help develop another successful health care system on the East End.

“This is truly a great day for the residents of eastern Suffolk County,” said Dr. Kaushansky. “It is a day that marks a new era in health care on Long Island — regional health care.”

Rethinking Interiors

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By David McCabe


Local designers will help a local cause this weekend, when the 2012 Hamptons Designer Showcase, benefiting Southampton Hospital, opens to visitors. Several local designers have lent their hands to reinventing the interior of the post-modern shingle-style home on Flying Point Road in Water Mill.

The kitchen in the house was entirely remodeled by the Sag Harbor-based Bakes and Company, after the event’s organizing committee decided the kitchen in the house was inadequate for their needs.

Bakes designed, manufactured and installed the kitchen, according to the company’s founder, Robert Bakes.

That meant expanding the space to include two islands, one for preparation and one that acts as a communal space. The latter island includes a wine cooler and a trough sink.

In addition to the Bakes and Company-designed cabinetry, which was manufactured at the company’s factory in Detroit, the kitchen features a custom-made brushed nickel sink.

The island counters feature Gioia marble, which has been polished to give it a more striking feel.

“It kind of livens it up a little bit,” said Bakes.

While the kitchen is designed to be a space where friends can gather around and share food and drinks, the house’s basement lounge is designed to be a place for quiet reflection and the appreciation of art, according to its designer, Greg McKenzie, who has offices in East Hampton, New York and Miami.

“It’s basically focused for an escape from the crazy, frenetic life in the Hamptons we can have,” he said.

The lounge includes pieces by the artist Edward Moses, which are on loan from Hamptons gallery owner Mark Borghi.

“I think art is a very important aspect of creating a home, and it doesn’t have to be outrageously expensive art,” McKenzie said.

But, he said of his room, “Quiet doesn’t necessarily mean dull.” The lounge is colorful — done in shades of burnt orange, turquoise, chocolate and white. McKenzie said he left a television out of the room, because it is meant to be a space where one can reflect without distraction.

The walls are covered in a grasscloth wallpaper embroidered in a modern, geometric pattern. McKenzie says this reflects his transitional aesthetic.

Most of McKenzie’s clients come from referrals, he said, so the showcase isn’t about bringing in new business. Rather, he said, that as a long time member of the East End community, he wanted to support the hospital.

This is not McKenzie’s first time designing a space for the showcase — but it is the first time he’s doing so inside. The last time he participated in the event, he designed the pool house, the terrace and the porch. Those spaces required him to use more functional materials that could withstand the elements.

McKenzie is hardly the only local presence in the showcase. The photographer for the event is based in Bridgehampton and various suppliers come from around the East End. The dining room in the house is decorated by Mably Handler Design, based in Water Mill.

The firm, which is owned by the married pair of Jennifer Mabley and Austin Handler, tends to do mostly second homes on the East End.

“It’s important that the houses we design have a reference to the place that they’re in, but there are ways to do that are both stylish and relaxed without going over the top,” Handler said.

The dining room reflects this — traditionally dining rooms are formal spaces that Handler says feel out of place in the Hamptons. Instead, he and Mabley designed a room that incorporates the functionality of a dining room while maintaining the laid-back attitude that people associate with the beach.

“We wanted the dining room to be a very vibrant and relaxing and fun place to entertain,” Handler said.

The inspiration for the room is a new collection of fabrics designed by Jonathan Adler and produced by Kravetz. Mabley Handler received a preview of that collection, and used it to anchor their room.

The primary fabric features a chevron pattern on an aqua background. Handler said that it feels “fresh, beachy and stylish.”

“It really encompassed everything we like to incorporate into our design,” he said.

To contrast with the colored fabric, the designers chose furniture in a white lacquer finish. This includes a table, buffet and a bench that can be used to seat large groups. The walls are decorated with art by the painter Patton Miller and a distinctive linen drum light fixture by Michelle Hatch New York for Bone Simple Design anchors the ceiling.

Handler said that they enjoy working on showcase houses because it allows them more creative freedom than a normal project.

“It’s an opportunity for us to create something from the things that we’re inspired by without any limitations,” he said.