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Wright To Head Hospital Board

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Southampton Hospital’s board of directors on July 12 elected Kenneth B. Wright its chairman.  He succeeds Peter Larsen who was a member of the board for 15 years and served 10 years as chairman.

A hospital board member since 2004, Mr. Wright was previously co-vice chairman along with attorney Richard J. Hiegel. He serves on the board’s executive, facilities and properties, finance and budget, and public affairs committees.

Born at Southampton Hospital, Mr. Wright is the son of the late Dr. Kenneth B. Wright, who at one time served as the hospital’s chief of surgery.

Mr. Wright is a resident of Southampton and is the founder of Wright & Company Construction Inc. in Bridgehampton.

Marathon Organizers Present Check to Southampton Hospital

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Pictured, back row, left to right, are Southampton Hospital Foundation president Steven Bernstein, hospital CEO and president Robert S. Chaloner, and Matt Linick, a partner in the Bridgehampton Half; front row, left to right, Diane Weinberger and Amanda Moszkowski, Hamptons Marathon and Bridgehampton Half organizers.


Organizers of the Hamptons Marathon and Bridgehampton Half presented Southampton Hospital with a donation of $10,000 representing a portion of the proceeds from their first annual half marathon, which took place on Saturday, May 10.  The organization’s eighth annual Hamptons Marathon will be held on September 27 in East Hampton. The event is sold out, but volunteers are needed. More information, visit  bridgehamptonhalf.com and hamptonsmarathon.com.

Angie’s Spa Grant Benefits Cancer Patients

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Southampton Hospital recently received a $13,500 grant from Angie’s Spa, which will help the hospital provide massage therapy for cancer patients.

Angie’s Spa, a charitable cancer foundation, funds programs to provide free therapeutic spa services to cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.

The funding will provide complimentary message therapy to cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment at Eastern Long Island Hematology/Oncology. The grant will also allow expanded hours in Southampton and a new program for patients undergoing chemotherapy in the Riverhead office.

The message therapy is designed to alleviate painful side effects through relaxation to enhance traditional treatments, as well as give cancer patients a self-esteem boost. Licenses massage therapists from Southampton Hospital’s Ed and Phyllis Davis Wellness Institute will provide the services.

For more information, call 631-726-8800.

Nursing Award for Patricia Wright

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Patricia Darcey, RN, chief nursing officer and vice president of Patient Care Services at Southampton Hospital and chairwoman of the Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council Nurse Executives Committee; Patricia Wright, RN, Southampton Hospital, Nurse of Excellence Award winner; Betty Commander, RN, nurse manager of Southampton Hospital’s Kathleen D. Allen Maternity Center; and Valerie Terzano RN, member of the NSHC Nurse of Excellence sub-committee and senior vice president of nursing and chief nursing officer, Winthrop-University Hospital.

By Stephen J. Kotz

Patricia Wright, RN, a nurse in Southampton Hospital’s Kathleen D. Allen Maternity Center, has been honored with the 2014 Nurse of Excellence Award by the Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council. Ms. Wright received the award on May 21 at a ceremony hosted by the council at the Woodbury Country Club.

Each year, leading nurses from Long Island’s hospitals and nursing education programs honor their peers with the awards, with one nurse from each of its member hospitals nominated for outstanding leadership and clinical practice.

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.