A $5 million donation will help Peconic Bay Medical Center advance plans to expand its emergency department.
The expansion is part of an overall $15 million plan for new 6,600 square foot space for Peconic Bay Medical Center, part of Northwell Health.
The gift, from Thomas and Mary Jane Poole of Westhampton Beach and Garden City, will improve access to health care for the growing population of East Suffolk County. The donation will help the medical center increase its critical care capacity by more than 75%, according to the medical center.
“Thomas and Mary Jane Poole’s foundational gift will help us take another step forward in solving the problem of access to emergency care in East Suffolk County and help save lives,” said said Amy Loeb, executive director of the medical center, in a statement.
“As the needs of our communities grow, our facilities must keep pace,” Loeb added. “This expansion is critical to the quality of service we provide in our emergency department.”
The center’s emergency department responds to more than 36,000 patients a year, including serious cases involving trauma, heart attack or stroke.
“This donation will enable PBMC to continue to meet the growing healthcare needs in East Suffolk and to do so in a modern, technologically enabled facility,” said Stephen Bello, Senior Vice President and Executive Director of the eastern Northwell region, in a statement. “We are truly grateful to Thomas and Mary Jane, whose contributions to improving medical care in Suffolk County will be felt for generations.”
The center’s expansion plans include a two-bay trauma unit and additional cardiac response services, as well as a dedicated pediatric treatment area, advanced radiology capabilities and improved patient privacy.
“As the need for advanced emergency services grows, this donation will directly improve the patient experience at all levels at Peconic Bay Medical Center,” said Dr. Lincoln Cox, chairman of emergency medicine at the center. in a press release.
“People need access to quality health care, and this donation will benefit residents of Suffolk County,” Cox added. “The new space this donation is helping to create will directly lead to lives being saved.”
Since 2006, the Pooles have supported the medical center and its growing range of services. In a joint statement, the Pooles said the leadership of the center “along with the vision of Executive Director Amy Loeb, has motivated and inspired us to help move both forward.”
Thomas Poole is past president of The Hallen Construction Company, Inc. and honorary trustee of Hobart and William Smith colleges. Before retiring from The Hallen Construction Company in 2019 – a family-owned construction company in the New York metro area – he served as president and chief executive officer from 1976 until 2014, when his son, Shepard, began leading the company.
Under the leadership of Thomas Poole, the company, which was founded in 1927, has evolved into a distribution contractor whose customers include utilities, pipeline companies, private sector companies and public sector bodies .
As philanthropists, the Pooles have contributed to charities across Long Island, including the Westhampton Performing Arts Center, Adelphi University’s Performing Arts Center, Old Westbury Gardens, Nassau County Museum of Art, and the Nassau Chapter of the American Heart Association.