August 12, 2013
Southampton Hospital hosted a ground-breaking ceremony on
August 12, 2013 to celebrate the beginning of its new Audrey and Martin Gruss Heart
and Stroke Center and to honor the Gruss’ extraordinary gift of $5 million to
the new facility at the Hospital. When completed, the Center will provide
stroke treatment and carotid stents as needed and will consolidate a broad
spectrum of new and sophisticated diagnostic and treatment capabilities with
existing cardiovascular programs and services.
The core components will include:
Audrey Gruss, President of the Audrey
& Martin Gruss Foundation, said, “It is well-known that the over-50 age
group has the highest probability of experiencing a stroke or heart
attack. With many of us spending months
or weekends year-round in Southampton and the East End,
Martin and I felt it was important that our local hospital have the capability
to conduct stroke and vascular distress intervention.” Gruss added, “We are gratified by this
addition to Southampton Hospital, knowing that our family and friends will be
able to get timely heart and stroke medical care they need, when and where they
construction of an advanced endovascular surgical suite for interventional
treatment of stroke and vascular disease.
new endovascular OR will be “hybrid” in that it places the latest imaging
technology in the sterile environment of an operating room. Procedures that
will be performed include carotid stenting to prevent and treat stroke,
aneurism repair, and treatment of vascular, peripheral arterial and abdominal
noninvasive cardiovascular suite for diagnosis of coronary and vascular illness.
advanced heart and stroke monitoring center to provide connections to tertiary
and open-heart centers.
stroke and heart simulation education center to provide ongoing skills training
for healthcare professionals.
Cardiovascular Disease, of which
heart disease and stroke are the most common diseases, is the leading cause of
death nationally as well as in New York State and Long Island. Given a
remote location, compounded by excessive traffic during the
summer, heart disease and stroke are a particular concern for the communities
served by Southampton Hospital. The
nearest similar programs are at Stony Brook University Medical Center, where
during the busy summer months it can be a 2-hour trip from East End communities, where the population skews toward older residents
“Creation of the Audrey and Martin Gruss Heart and Stroke Center will be transformational
for us in that it will significantly advance the Hospital’s ability to diagnose
and treat stroke and cardiovascular disease, and become a vital component of
the care provided by our community hospital,” comments Robert S. Chaloner,
President and CEO of Southampton Hospital.
“This critically important initiative will undoubtedly save lives, and
we are grateful for the Gruss’ generosity a commitment to quality healthcare
in our community.”
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(l. to r.) Reuven Pasternak, MD, CEO of Stony Brook University Hospital and VP for Health Systems;
Robert S. Chaloner, President and CEO of Southampton Hospital; Martin and Audrey Gruss, and
Fredric Weinbaum, MD, VP, COO, CMO of Southampton Hospital (Photo Credit: Tony Lopez)