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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.

Showhouse on Parade

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by Courtney M. Holbrook

What is home but a sanctuary from the outside world? A place where owners can find comfort in the familiar tropes of personal life?

At the annual Hamptons Designer Showhouse, the idea of creating a home is a task given to a slate of interior designers who make their portion of it what they will.

Opening to the public on Sunday, July 24 (with a special Gala Preview Cocktail Party Saturday, July 23 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.), this year’s six-week Showhouse is on Scuttle Hole Road in Bridgehampton and each participating designer has been given a space to design however he or she chooses.

“I’m a fan of taking a story — a concept — for a room,” said Gideon Mendelson, an interior designer for the Mendelson Group. “Working on [the ShowHouse] allowed me to be creative, to think about what I wanted to give a family that would live in this area.”

Mendelson’s space is the back staircase and second-floor landing of the house. Despite its small dimensions, Mendelson appreciated the challenge to “really take charge of the design.”

“With a Showhouse, you can be absolutely creative, even if it’s difficult,” he said. “You can create a theme that’s completely yours, not determined by an individual client.”

Theme flows through the entirety of Mendelson’s design. In his vision, a narrow staircase and non-rectangular landing have been transformed into a concise work of art centered on the notion of aviation.

“When I looked at this space, I immediately thought of this idea of taking flight,” Mendelson said. “You leave the stairs for this landing pad, where people can come together to relax.”

The “landing pad” is Mendelson’s name for the second-floor landing. He was inspired by the term itself, where “landing” meant “aviation theme,” and “pad” meant “a place to chill out.” The staircase “ignites” the owners up to the landing pad, where they can relax in an environment that combines comfort with exhilarating beauty.

It was important to Mendelson that the aviation theme be present, but not so much as to overwhelm. The grass cloth wallpaper on the stairwell has pale green and yellow tones, but for a touch of originality, Mendelson drilled solid gold metal-heads into the wallpaper.
“It’s actually pretty subtle,” he said. “But if you look closely, it’s almost similar to the exterior of a plane.”

On the wall of the stairwell is mounted what seems like a not-so-subtle allusion — a giant propeller. Yet, the deep rich color of the wood and smooth curves of the sculpture make it invitingly subtle.

Once the viewer steps up to the landing pad, they may be surprised by the emphasis on comfort that shines through the soaring concept. The round, low-to-the-ground easy chair is pale green and deliciously soft. The low white sofa next to the rectangular desk and white ottoman is vintage flair with family coziness. It’s as though a set from “Mad Men” jumped into the Hamptons and invited grandparents and children.

“Honestly, that’s what I imagined for this space — a family coming together,” he said. “Maybe a grandmother reading to her grandchild.”

That theme of family is carefully arranged in the space. On the light green chair sits a copy of “Le Petit Prince” by French aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. On a coffee table across from the white sofa sits a Scrabble board. Even the family accessories maintain the aviation theme; “Le Petit Prince” was chosen for its themes of “enlightenment through exploration,” according to Mendelson. The words on the Scrabble board spell out “propeller,” “aviation” and “terminal.”

For the adults in the room, the art keeps with the sky-high theme. One photograph show a man about to alight from a tree, his arms outstretched as though he were flying. Other photographs show a woman departing from a plane, and a man in an ancient, almost cyber-punk aircraft.

“It’s just this constant evolution of flight that you see in this space,” Mendelson said. “This space is an ensemble, it tells a story, it has a plot.”

In line with the space’s collection of family comfort with aesthetic singularity are the shapes used throughout the room. Mendelson worked with round and X shapes; the round chair and lamps coincide with an X-shaped ottoman design and an X-shaped ceiling lamp. Individual lamps on the ceiling have round, hard metal circular formations; when the viewer looks up, they appear as “lights on a tarmac, a runway,” according to Mendelson.

Mendelson, however, still insisted that the space was suitable for typical Hamptons living.
“I deliberately chose colors that would also reflect a sort of beach aesthetic — teal, blue-green, chartreuse — it’s a calm palette,” he said. “You could easily see this space as suitable for a fisherman, as well as a pilot.”

Mendelson continues to work at his Manhattan-based design firm, and spends summers in Sagaponack. But he looks at the Showhouse experience as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

“I was able to tell this story — offer this idea of mine to other families … There’s a lot of eye candy, something’s there for everyone,” he said.

The Hamptons Designer Showhouse (1224 Scuttle Hole Road, Bridgehampton) is open daily, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 24 to September 4. Admission is $30. Proceeds benefit Southampton Hospital. Tickets to Saturday’s preview start at $750 for two. Call 237-1475 to reserve.

Hospital Reaches Out With Virtual Tours


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By Bryan Boyhan

Among the steps the folks at Southampton Hospital have taken to reach out to the public is a series of virtual tours prospective patients can view before they visit the hospital. The tours highlight areas the institution has upgraded in recent years.

“These help people find out what the hospital offers,” said director of marketing and public affairs, Marsha Kenny. “We’re finding new ways to put information out there.”

The new video tours went up on the hospital’s website just this past summer; and the newly-designed website itself was just re-launched this past April.

“People appreciate being able to see what we have to offer,” said Kenny.

In the past year or so, the hospital has made great strides in expanding services, said Kenny, and four departments in particular have been highlighted with the video tours.

The Ed and Phyllis Davis Wellness Institute, which was introduced just last year, features a range of exercise programs and facilities that resemble a health club.

In the tour, the camera takes a viewer past the receptionist’s desk and through the halls of the center, and watches as patients exercise on treadmills and weight machines. A voice over explains that a hospital medical team can help “guide you through a difficult time” after suffering, for example, a heart attack or recovering from surgery.

Images show trainers and physical therapists working with patients in a variety of situations. It’s a soothing environment, says the announcer, designed by a Feng Shui consultant, as the camera pans across pastel-colored walls and a bowl of pears.

The opening image of the tour of the Jenny and John Paulson Emergency Department pans across the new entrance then takes you through the emergency center’s front doors to a waiting room with wood floors and a decidedly warm feeling. It is a room that, for many people, is their first impression of Southampton Hospital, and the tour — like all four of the videos — works to help prospective visitors understand that the hospital has gone to great lengths to make them feel comfortable. These are concepts that are not always easy to express in the written word or in conversation.

“As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words,” said Kenny. “We believe it helps to put people’s minds at ease. Those who  have never been here are not sure what they’ll expect when they come here.”

The other video’s available include virtual tours of The Ellen Hermanson Breast Center and the Kathleen D. Allen Maternity Center.

The original concept to create the tours emerged in February through a conversation Kenny had with radio personality Connie Conway, whose husband is a videogapher.

“We chose Connie because of her experience as a newscaster,” said Kenny, who helped write the dialogue for the videos. It is Conway’s voice viewers hear on the tours.

Conway was also helpful in crafting the message the hospital wanted to get out, said Kenny, who felt it was important to have a perspective from somebody not directly associated with the hospital.

“She knew what she and her friends would want to know,” said Kenny.

The videos also do not use professional actors.

“In our marketing we use our own staff, they’re all familiar in the community,” she said. “It is part of our branding.”

“And they didn’t complain,” Kenny laughed.

East End Digest: December 17 – December 24

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Quilts Donated to Southampton Hospital Maternity Center

Southampton Hospital recently received a very generous donation of more than 45 quilts and wall hangings from the Eastern Long Island Quilters Guild based in Southold. The group of approximately 300 quilters from all over the East End donates their hand-made items to the Kathleen D. Allen Maternity Center at Southampton Hospital every December. Additionally, the group makes wheelchair and baby-sized quilts. Fabric donations are always welcome. For more information, call 631-723-0244 or visit their website at www.ELIQG.com.

Above: (l to r) Betty Commander, RN; Jean Bernhardt; Kathleen Pierce and Theresa Kumbatovich, LPN

Peconic Bay
CPF Rev’s Stay Steady

Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr., reported last week that revenues for the Peconic Bay Community Preservation Fund (CPF) have increased by 8.6% percent for October 2009 as compared to the same month in 2008. For September 2009, the CPF generated $4.21 million. In 2008, the CPF generated $3.88 million for the same month. September marks the 5th consecutive month of improving CPF revenue. For the year, the CPF has generated $30 million for 2009 to date, compared with $50.4 million in 2008, or a 40.5 percent decline.
While revenues for September 2009 increased compared with a year ago, the number of transactions has declined by 7% for September 2009. For the first nine months of 2008 there were 5,444 transactions. For the same period in 2009 there were 4150, or a 23.8% decline for the year.
“The most recent CPF numbers clearly demonstrate two things. First, because of the national economic recession, the annual revenue expected to be generated for 2009 will be in the range of $36-38 million which will be the lowest year since 2001. However, for the last five (5) months the trend has improved with the highest monthly revenues of the year, said Thiele.

Southampton Town
Virtual Tax Office

With the first installment of property taxes due by January 10, Southampton Town residents have an easier way to pay this year, says a release from supervisor Linda Kabot’s office. Taking advantage of a series of technological improvements, tax receiver Theresa Kiernan reported that all tax bills can now be viewed, printed or paid online. To do so, residents can log on to www.southamptontownny.gov and click the link for “Online Services” at the left of the screen.

“It’s a great way to receive proof of payment right on the spot,” said Kiernan. “There’s no longer any risk of it getting lost in the mail. And since there’s no need to fax copies of bills, it cuts down on paperwork at both ends.”

Among the new methods of payment are electronic checks via the automated clearinghouse (ACH) network, with American Express, Discover, MasterCard and Visa credit cards accepted over the internet. A one dollar fee will be charged for each ACH transaction and a two percent fee will be applied for credit card processing.

With more than 50,000 taxable parcels in the Town of Southampton, Kiernan’s office collects over $300 million annually in school, county and town taxes. Over 65 percent of bills are paid directly to the town by individuals, with the remaining 35 coming from banks for taxes included in mortgage payments.

“People should try it out,” advised Kiernan. “No one likes paying taxes, so the more convenient we can make it, the better.”

Southampton Town
GOP Screens Sag Harbor Dentist

The Southampton Town Republican Committee screened candidates for a special election on Thursday evening, December 3. The group was in session for several hours at the Villa Tuscano Restaurant in Hampton Bays as the committee heard from potential office seekers hailing from nearly every corner of the town.

The evening began with Supervisor Linda Kabot thanking committee members and their alternates for their support over the years and particularly during the 2009 campaign. She also stated she will not seek the Republican nomination for Town Council.
In addition to three other candidates, the committee interviewed Dr. Tod Granger, who has a dental practice in Noyac and lives in Sag Harbor Village After retiring from 24 years of military service and attaining the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, Dr. Granger has restarted his dentist practice in the Sag Harbor area. Born in Southampton Hospital and raised in Sag Harbor, he served on the Village Board of Trustees from 1988-1992, as well as on the boards of other town and community organizations.

The committee said they will likely make a decision by the second week of January at a special convention.

Southampton Town

Mortgage Tax Revenue

The East End Supervisors and Mayors Association unanimously approved a resolution on Monday, December 7, by Southampton Town Supervisor Linda Kabot petitioning Suffolk County to distribute mortgage tax revenues owed to local municipalities earlier and more frequently, said a press release distributed by Kabot’s office. The release stated that Kabot has also called upon County Executive Steve Levy to move the initiative forward.

The release continued, saying under the present system, Suffolk County collects mortgage tax revenues and disburses them to its ten townships under state law. However, funds are allocated biannually with a six month lag. In contrast, proceeds from the two percent real estate transfer tax are distributed to each East End town for their Community Preservation Funds on a monthly basis. Kabot said she would like to see the mortgage revenues distributed in a similar fashion, or at least quarterly.

“Since towns rely on mortgage tax revenues to support certain operating expenses, the ability to receive the proceeds on a timelier basis is critical to cash flow needs – particularly during tight budgetary times,” said Kabot.

The Southampton Supervisor also noted how the financial pressures an economic downturn exerts on a municipality can be considerable, especially if it is a local government that is dependent on revenues that are volatile and based on real estate and construction activities. Most of the past 10 years brought in over $12 million annually for Southampton, but the recent slump in home and land sales have put the number around $5.5 million for 2009 and an anticipated $6 million for 2010.

“Towns and villages are finding it more difficult to meet expenses according to their adopted spending plans,” said Kabot. “Like many households, they are living ‘paycheck-to-paycheck’ and this plan would let the payments come sooner and with more accurate predictions regarding the amounts for the following month.”

South Shore
Disaster Area

New York Congressman Tim Bishop sent a letter to New York State Governor David Paterson earlier this month urging him to request a federal disaster declaration from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for areas struck by recent storm occurrences along the south shore of Long Island. Such actions would allow federal disaster aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas that have experienced significant shore erosion, navigation degradation or asset damage, said a press release published by Bishop’s office.
Estimates of the damages to Suffolk County communities from the recent effects of Tropical Storm Ida exceed $26 million, continued the release.
“It is critical for the Governor to issue a disaster declaration as soon as possible for the south shore of Long Island to ensure our communities have adequate protection against future storms and that our maritime industries do not face further economic burden,” said Bishop. “Following the Governor’s decision, I will be coordinating a meeting between federal, state and local agencies to determine the most effective steps forward toward protecting the resources and assets of south shore communities.”
To view a copy of the letter visit http://timbishop.house.gov/index.cfm?sectionid=39&sectiontree=3,39&itemid=1615.

East End
Helicopter Noise

During a tele-conference held on Friday, December 11, Congressman Tim Bishop reported that he has found a pre-existing law authorizing the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to dictate the flight routes of helicopter pilots. Working with Senator Charles Schumer, Congressman Bishop presented to FAA representatives a 1989 decision which Bishop says allows the FAA to regulate helicopter traffic. In order to reduce noise pollution caused by helicopters on the North and South Shore of Long Island, Congressman Bishop said a voluntary flight route, keeping the helicopters over water as long as possible, was unsuccessful due to noncompliance.
“The FAA are on board in terms of working with us in bringing this long festering problem [to a close],” said Congressman Bishop.

Hospital ER Gets $5 Million Shot in the Arm

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The largest financial gift in its history will allow Southampton Hospital to nearly double the size of its emergency room facilities, creating more space for services that have grown along with the South Fork population.

The $5 million gift comes from hedge fund manager John Paulson, chairman and founder of investment firm Paulson & Co., and his wife Jenny.

“As Southampton residents, we have all benefited from the services of the hospital. We are lucky to have such a talented and dedicated team of doctors and caregivers to attend to our emergency needs,” John Paulson said in a release issued by the hospital.

The new facility, which will be named for the benefactors, is scheduled to be completed by May 2010 and is designed to make the operations of the emergency room more efficient. Of note will be a centralized trauma nurse’s station and triage area that will greatly expand the hospital’s ability to triage patients, said hospital spokesperson Marsha Kenny.

Also adding to the efficiency of the new design will be separate entrances for walk-in patients and ambulance arrivals, both of which will be through weather-protected portals. Kenny noted this also will allow the more traumatic cases that typically arrive by ambulance to enter the building away from those sitting in the waiting room.

“As it is now, seeing some of the trauma arrivals can be disturbing,” said Kenny.

In addition to expanded diagnostic and treatment areas, the new design allows for a “fast track” area for less acute illnesses and injuries.

Kenny noted the emergency room typically addresses a wide range of cases, “from severe trauma to fish hooks in fingers,” and the new design will allow the hospital to more easily direct patients to the appropriate care.

Kenny said it was unclear how the number of patients have increased in recent years, but said, gauging from the increase of population on the South Fork, including a growth in second home owners and those who visit, the demand on emergency room services has increased accordingly.

“There has been a lot of construction out here, a lot of new houses and a lot of people,” said Kenny. “We have more traffic, more cars and more second home owners, who have people visiting them. Many of them find their way to our emergency room.”

“A hospital’s growth is reflective of the community it is in,” she said.

She estimated the ER sees about 25,000 patients a year, and on busy days in the summer it would not be unusual for 125 to 130 patients to come through.

The new facility will grow the emergency room from its current 6,250 square feet to 10,100 square feet and add another eight beds, going from 14 to 22.

They will add two trauma rooms, seven patient treatment cubicles, four exam rooms and a decontamination room, the latter something they haven’t had a need for yet, but were planning for the eventuality, said Kenny.

They will also expand the waiting room to accommodate about 30 to 35 people and will add a bereavement room.

“It’s awful for families who have lost someone,” said Kenny.

“This wonderful display of kindness will touch the lives of so many families,” said Peter Larsen, Southampton Hospital Board Chairman, of the gift. “This is a key milestone in the hospital’s long tradition of healthcare excellence and we are deeply appreciative of the Paulsons’ generous support.”

John Paulson, who owns a home in Southampton, was ranked number 33 this year on the Forbes 400 list of wealthiest Americans, with a worth of about $6.8 billion, according to Wikipedia.

Dr. Darin Wiggins


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The Chairman of Emergency Medicine at Southampton Hospital on the difference between swine flu and typical flu, who should get a vaccine and why you shouldn’t rush to the ER.

What’s the difference between the H1N1 virus and the typical flu?

Clinically, they are not all that different. Patients have a high fever, muscle pain, classic flu symptoms. A headache and fever — they share that.

There are some differences in who it is affecting, and it has more to do with the fact the younger generation has never been exposed to this before. Usually the flu hits the older population worse. This variation, the H1N1 is hitting the younger generation worse.

What age group?

We’re seeing it in 20 to 40 year olds, with many in their early 20s. A lot of them are college age and are all living in dorms together. This one is concentrated in a lot of colleges. They’re the canary in the coal mine.

How do you determine the difference?

There is not much of a clinical difference; but there are tests specifically for H1N1

The normal flu dies out around February, but this year saw a spike in June. It was almost all swine flu. There’s almost no reason test. We saw a spike again when students went back to school.

The regular flu season starts in November and December and we don’t know if swine will continue into regular season.

Of those who contract H1N1, what is the percentage of those who die?

Extremely low, millions have gotten swine flu in America and very few fatalities. It’s not worse than a typical flu season. You don’t care if you’re 30 in ten million, but it tends to get a lot of media attention.

There is a lot of swine flu that goes undiagnosed. In Mexico, for example, it appeared there were a lot of deaths, and it looked horrible at first until they realized how many people actually had the disease.

And every flu season, a few healthy people will die.

What symptoms should we be looking for that are tell tale H1N1 symptoms?


What symptoms would send us to the emergency room?

It’s still the same, regardless of what flu you’re talking about. You ask, do I need to go to an ER? It will depend on the risk group you fall in. Most people need to stay home and take meds.

The guidelines are almost identical to the average flu. Clearly, if you’re having a problem breathing or experiencing confusion, go to the ER or contact your regular doctor.

A fever and aches don’t necessarily mean you should be going to the emergency room.

Are you at high risk? Have asthma, for example. Then you should. The very young or those with immune deficiencies, too. H1N1 is very typical in most respects.

What are the groups who should be getting the vaccine?

I personally believe everybody should — if you can get it. If for no other reason you don’t want to get the flu,

The very young and pregnant women are getting prioritized, then comes health care workers – because we’re exposed to a lot of sick people.

Is there a contagious shedding from those who receive the nasal mist?

It is a live virus and could cause you to shed the attenuated virus, which could make someone sick. There are some that cannot receive the live virus, those who do not have an intact immune system, for example.

How fast do you have take tamiflu, and how fast do you need to get tamiflu in your system?

CDC changed their recommendations. Only those who are at high risk or seriously sick should take tamiflu. Most patients who have flu will get better on their own. Taking tamiflu will take only about a half day shorter, that’s about it. A lot of doctors have stopped prescribing it.

When will the H1N1 vaccine be available locally?

I believe the hospital’s shipment is due this week. Some pediatricians have gotten theirs already.

At one point all hospital employees were required to get the vaccine, but that was lifted this week. Now no one is required. Once we’ve given our employees and in-house patients, we’ll make the balance available to the public.

A lot more patients are getting vaccinated this year than ever before, but the supply is not as robust as we would have liked.

Hospital Opens Doors to Wellness Institute

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On the Monday before Southampton Hospital’s new Ed and Phyllis Davis Wellness Institute is to open, director of rehabilitation Craig Homis and his team of employees are waiting for furniture to be delivered, a construction crew is putting the finishing touches on the revamped space and the custodial staff is still wiping down floors and walls.

Although it would appear that Homis is scrambling to ready the institute for its official opening and ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, September 17, he is surprisingly calm and unfazed by the flurry of activity around him. When Homis takes a moment out of his busy schedule to discuss the Wellness institute, an idea in the pipeline for nearly five years, the empty rooms seem to fill with their anticipated use. One can picture patients stretching together in the exercise room during a yoga class or another patient having an acupuncture treatment in an examining room with wide windows and plenty of light.

For Homis, the Wellness Institute is expanding upon an integrative form of medicine the hospital already uses with its patients who suffer from chronic illnesses. The institute will offer a wide array of classes, seminars and will feature a staff of wellness experts, including a massage therapist, nutritionist and acupuncturist, in the hopes of marrying traditional clinical practices with holistic medicine.

“All of our rehabilitative programs like massage, nutrition counseling and the cancer wellness program were already offered at the hospital, but now we will be able to incorporate things like yoga, Tai Chi and meditation,” explained Marsha Kenny, Southampton Hospital’s director of marketing and public affairs.

Five years ago, staff members Cynthia Grant, the supervisor of the massage therapy program, and Jessica Swiatocha, a nurse practitioner and supervisor of the Cardio-Pulmonary Clinic and Wellness Program, were trained at the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Harvard University. The knowledge they gained from this course became a template for the integrative medical practices used at the hospital.

Kenny explains that patients suffering from chronic illnesses would undergo an eight week “mind body” course to help them manage stress during their difficult treatments. The Wellness Institute houses these services in one place and expands upon the concept of balance between the mind and the body by offering other courses, like yoga and Tai Chi. As Kenny explains, the institute is meant for both individuals with chronic illnesses and those simply wishing to adopt a healthier life-style.

With a change in leadership in December of 2007, hospital president and CEO Robert Chaloner was brought in around this time, the idea of a Wellness Institute shifted from a wish to a plan as the hospital started fundraising efforts and picked a location for the institute in early 2008. However, it took almost a year to find an off site location for the business office, which originally inhabited the space, and it took another eight months for the renovations to be completed.

The hospital’s construction crew started preliminary renovations eight months ago, but their work was staggered as they focused their efforts on completing the recently opened Ellen Hermanson Breast Institute. However, the end result is a Wellness Institute unique to the East End.

“I haven’t heard about other programs like ours,” remarked Homis. “Everyone has their own version of an integrative medical program … Others are more fitness based. But we are kind of special out here.”

The institute offers classes and programs catering to every need. From art therapy to cardiac rehabilitation, the institute has a little bit of everything. Many ongoing courses, however, are focused on specific illnesses, including “Yoga for Cancer Patients” and “Diabetes: Basics and Beyond.” Other services include EEG Biofeedback to help with concentration, sleep, mood and performance, and meditation and visualization sessions. Homis believes controlling stress and eating correctly are key components in a treatment program. The institute offers a stress management course and classes on nutrition, including “Nutritional Weight,” “Culinary Nutrition,” and “Eat Healthy Your Way.”

As the institute is founded on the principal of the mind-body connection, several support groups are also administered, including one on diabetes and an eight week weight loss class. The hospital’s 700 employees are also encouraged to take advantage of the institute and monthly employee yoga and meditation sessions will be offered. Homis added that some services are covered by insurance, while others like the yoga classes will be priced reasonably to make them available to all patients.

The facilities are as much of a draw as its concept and services. There are two examining rooms, a consultation room and a large open space, which can be divided, for support groups and exercise classes. The space was renovated from its former use as a business office into a warm oasis with faux wood floors, sage green painted walls and low recessed lighting. However, the piece de resistance at the institute are the several wide windows which stream in light throughout the day. For Homis, it was especially important to be sensitive to his patients. He used non-toxic paint for the walls, hired a Feng Shui consultant to help lay out the space, and chose vinyl faux wood flooring for easy clean up. The institute is also conveniently located next to the cardiac rehabilitation center.

On Monday, Ed Davis, who with his wife Phyllis helped fund a majority of the project, poked around the institute as the coordinator of wellness services Ragan Finalborgo organized papers on her newly-arrived dark wood desk. Construction workers tooled around with a bit of wiring in the exercise room, but almost everything appeared to be under control and ready for the opening reception on Thursday, much to Homis and Kenny’s delight.