PATCHOGUE, NY (OnSachem.com / OnTownMedia.com) — The only remaining independent hospital on Long Island could soon join forces with a major regional healthcare provider. Long Island Community Hospital in Patchogue entered discussions to consider joining NYU Langone Health, the healthcare providers announced.
NYU Langone Health and Long Island Community Hospital have “signed a nonbinding letter of intent to begin discussions on a potential transaction that would bring the two organizations together,” according to the joint announcement Friday. If a transaction closes, it would further extend NYU Langone’s healthcare network into eastern Long Island.
“This first step represents a momentous milestone for LICH,” said Richard T. Margulis, president and CEO of Long Island Community Hospital. “We are excited to bring together two great providers of compassionate care who share a mutual goal of integrating and elevating LICH’s healthcare presence in the community.”
Long Island Community Hospital’s service area includes communities throughout greater Sachem. Located just south of Sunrise Highway at exit 55, the hospital known for decades by its prior name — Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center — is the last remaining independent hospital on Long Island as other regional healthcare systems such as Stony Brook Medicine and Northwell Health expanded their reach with other formerly independent hospitals.
“While we are proud of our history as an independent community hospital, we recognize the significant opportunity to enhance our capabilities through a strategic partnership, and NYU Langone represents the best partner, based on many synergies, including a mutual commitment to improving quality, medical excellence, a complementary geographic presence, and, most importantly, compatibility of our cultures,” Margulis said.
According to the joint announcement, the affiliation will make available to Long Island Community Hospital the resources, technologies, and capabilities of NYU Langone Health without the need to travel to New York City.
“We are very enthusiastic about the proposed affiliation as we believe that the united strength of our organizations will greatly enhance delivery of healthcare services to residents of Suffolk County,” said Robert I. Grossman, MD, dean and CEO of NYU Langone Health.
Both parties will now engage in due diligence with an intention of negotiating and signing definitive agreements and seeking regulatory approvals, according to the announcement.
NYU Langone Health has a history of expanding its network on Long Island. NYU Winthrop Hospital in Mineola merged with NYU Langone Health in 2019. The following year, Winthrop’s name changed to NYU Langone Hospital—Long Island. The healthcare network also has hospitals in Manhattan and Brooklyn, six inpatient locations, and over 350 ambulatory sites and 150 practices.
Long Island Community Hospital has a 65-year history in the communities of south and central Suffolk County, serving over 400,000 patients. The hospital includes the Knapp Cardiac Care Center—an advanced heart disease diagnosis and treatment facility, a new modern surgical pavilion, a Level III Trauma Center, and specialized services including women’s imaging, a sleep laboratory, wound care, and more.
The Patchogue hospital had identity changes and explored another affiliation in recent years. Known as Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center over the decades, the hospital announced in February 2018 it was renaming itself Long Island Medical Center. However, the name was short-lived. By June of that year, the hospital said it would instead rebrand as Long Island Community Hospital. According to Newsday, Long Island Community Hospital is no longer exploring a possible affiliation agreement with Stony Brook University Hospital as first reported in 2019.