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Congressman Lee Zeldin Announces Major Victory for East End Veterans

May 4, 2015
Press Release

Manorville, NY- On Monday, May 4, Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, C- Shirley, NY-1), Member of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, joined with Dr. George Ruggiero, a Peconic Bay Medical Center Board Member, Medical Director of the Peconic Bay Medical Center Gertrude and Louis Feil Campus for Ambulatory Care, and Peconic Bay Medical Center Chief of Family Medicine; the 106th Rescue Wing Color Guard, Patriot Guard Riders, officials from Peconic Bay Medical Center, local elected officials, veterans and community groups.

After taking office in January, Congressman Zeldin launched a successful initiative between Peconic Bay Medical Center and the Department of Veterans Affairs to facilitate and secure an agreement for an East End health care facility for veterans and their families, the Peconic Bay Medical Center’s Veterans Support Program at the Gertrude and Louis Feil Campus for Ambulatory Care, which will be located at Peconic Bay Medical Center’s Manorville campus. This healthcare facility will offer a variety of healthcare services for veterans. Services include primary care for health maintenance, disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic illnesses, patient education and counseling, as well as on site specialties including rheumatology, gastroenterology, colon and rectal surgery, general surgery, orthopedic trauma and metabolic bone disease, and soon to be introduced, nutrition therapy.

The facility will be open seven days a week; Monday-Friday, from 7:30 am to 9:00 pm; Saturdays from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm; and Sundays from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm. The healthcare facility for veterans services will begin Tuesday, May 5, 2015.

Congressman Lee Zeldin said, “Over the past few months, I have been working closely with Peconic Bay Medical Center and the Department of Veterans Affairs to increase access to care for veterans who live on Long Island's East End. After so bravely serving our country, this facility will open up an important new option for veterans while still allowing them to continue receiving other services and ongoing treatment at the VA Hospital in Northport.”

Andrew Mitchell, President and CEO of PBMC Health and Peconic Bay Medical Center said, “PBMC Health and Peconic Bay Medical Center are thrilled to be able to start the PBMC Veterans Support Program which will greatly change the quality of life for Veterans on the East End.  We were thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with Congressman Lee Zeldin.  This initiative truly embodies and supports the PBMC mission to provide quality, comprehensive and compassionate care close to home.  Thank you to Congressman Zeldin for working with PBMC and supporting the men and women of our military.”

“I am so happy to see that this population of selfless men and women will be able to receive care on the East End, in their own community.  They have sacrificed so much and this is one way their community can show appreciation,” said James Earl, PBMC employee at the Feil Campus and former member of the Army Reserve Nurse Corps, part of the Army Professional Medical Command.

Joe Sledge, the Public Affairs Officer at the Northport VA Medical Center said, “As Northport VA Medical Center is proud to care for America’s veterans, it is also gratifying to know that Peconic Bay Medical Center staff are making special efforts to expand services for their patients who served in the Armed Forces and for their family members.”

“Ensuring that our veterans of all ages have access to healthcare is of paramount concern to me,” said County Executive Steve Bellone.  “I thank Congressman Lee Zeldin and the Peconic Bay Medical Center for their willingness to devise a plan that will serve to provide veterans healthcare services in the Manorville area.”

“After risking their lives for our country, our veterans often endure physical and mental health issues”, stated Assemblyman Fred Thiele. “I am pleased that Peconic Bay Medical Center has launched a new health care initiative to serve the needs of our East End veterans.”

“This new affiliation with Peconic Bay Medical Center will greatly expand the availability of services to our East End Veterans without having to travel to the Northport VA Hospital.  I applaud Congressman Zeldin for putting this partnership together for our Veterans,” stated Deputy Presiding Officer Jay Schneiderman. 

Riverhead Supervisor Sean Walter said, “Thank you to Congressman Zeldin and The Peconic Bay Medical Center for further enhancing healthcare services for our veterans on the East End of Long Island with the new ‘Veterans Support Program’ at Peconic Bay Medical Center's Manorville facility.”