Information About Coronavirus

Due to increasing concerns about the coronavirus (COVID-19), Stony Brook Eastern Long Island Hospital is adapting its polices and procedures with the goal of keeping patients, families and staff safe.

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Coronavirus Update – May 15, 2020
From the Desk of Paul J. Connor III, Chief Administrative Officer

Stony Brook Eastern Long Island Hospital (SBELIH) has served the North Fork and Shelter Island for over 115 years, and we remain committed to your health and safety, now more than ever.

While every member of our community is adjusting to a "new normal," we are doing the same at SBELIH. We understand your potential concerns about visiting the hospital during a global pandemic. Every one of our healthcare heroes is so much more than their job— they are parents, siblings, children, and caregivers, all of whom can relate to the hesitation you might be feeling right now.

Please rest assured that we have taken every precaution to ensure that our facility remains a safe environment for all patients and all staff. Prior to the outbreak, we were prepared for the worst. During the height of the virus, we succeeded in keeping all of our patients safe, with or without COVID-19.

While we encourage you to continue practices such as social distancing and proper hand hygiene to maintain your health, we also encourage you to look beyond the here and now of COVID-19 and return to caring for you and your family’s specific healthcare needs. Our dedicated staff remains hard at work and ready to serve you.

Our Emergency Department remains open 24/7 to safely treat your urgent healthcare needs. We are also here to provide you with preventive screenings that you may have been putting off in response to COVID-19. Prevention is powerful medicine, especially when we’re all making every effort possible to maintain our health.

We appear to be on a decreased curve, with only admitted one COVID+ patient since April 30.

Plans are underway to safely resume elective surgeries.

As you may know, facilities are required to meet specific measures to move forward with these procedures, and we are proud to announce that SBELIH meets all of these qualifying metrics. We recognize the importance of these services for your health, and we are eager to serve your elective healthcare needs safely.

We are taking appointments for our outpatient services including:

  • Mammography
  • Bone Densitometry
  • CAT Scan
  • Ultrasound
  • Laboratory Services

Inpatient services have been reopened, including:

  • Quannacut Detoxification Unit
  • Quannacut Rehabilitation Unit

We are confident in our hospital’s ability to keep you safe and provide you with the high quality of care you’ve grown to expect from SBELIH. While we remain dedicated to winning the battle against coronavirus, we are just as committed to being your go-to resource for your full range of healthcare needs.

We will get through this trying time the same way we came into it: together.


Paul J. Connor III
Chief Administrative Officer
Stony Brook Eastern Long Island Hospital

Coronavirus Update – May 8, 2020

Patients are recovering and being discharged, and we applaud the extraordinary work being done by all of our courageous staff. Although there is still much work to be done, we are slowly but surely making our way down the other side of the COVID-19 curve. 

Since our last update, we have:

  • Reopened our Quannacut Detoxification unit
  • Reopened our Quannacut Rehabilitation unit and we are accepting patients into the program
  • Resumed diagnostic mammography, CAT scanning and ultrasound services in our Radiology Department

We continue to:

  • Follow our Revised Visitor Policy
  • Redeploy staff to support COVID efforts within the hospital
  • Offer outpatient Laboratory services during the limited hours of 7:30am-10am
  • Safely provide outpatient Physical Therapy Services at our Southold location
  • Encourage you to regularly review and adhere to the guidelines being issued by the CDC and NYS DOH

Moving forward, we are:

  • Awaiting guidance from Governor Cuomo regarding resuming elective surgery
  • Finalizing a plan to resume outpatient CAT scan services in our Radiology Department

We also continue to thank you for your continued cooperation and support during this time. 

Coronavirus Update – April 22, 2020

Stony Brook Eastern Long Island Hospital continues to work in conjunction with Stony Brook Medicine and Stony Brook Southampton Hospital to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH) coronavirus guidelines. As always, the health and safety of both our patients and staff remains our top priority. 

Since our last update, we have:

  • Begun internally testing all inpatient admissions 
  • Reopened our 10-bed acute Detoxification unit

We continue to:

  • Treat COVID-19 patients on 2 North with dedicated staff
  • Treat patients who require care unrelated to COVID-19 in the 9-bed “clean” unit we have set up in our Ambulatory Surgery Unit (ASU)
  • Redeploy staff to support COVID efforts within the hospital
  • Follow our Revised Visitor Policy

As you know, New York remains on PAUSE through May 15. According to Governor Cuomo, all New Yorkers must wear face coverings when social distancing is not possible. We also continue to encourage you to regularly review and adhere to the guidelines being issued by the CDC and NYS DOH

All staff in all departments are working diligently to safely perform their jobs and care for our patients. We thank you for your continued cooperation and support during this time. 

Coronavirus Update – April 10, 2020

In conjunction with New York State’s Bed Surge Capacity Expansion, Stony Brook Eastern Long Island Hospital has identified and repurposed space within the hospital to accommodate the following: 

  • A discreet 14-bed COVID-19 unit with dedicated staff
  • A 9-bed “clean” unit for all patients who require care unrelated to COVID-19 has now been set up in our Ambulatory Surgery Unit (ASU)

We continue to:

  • Redeploy staff to support COVID efforts within the hospital
  • Follow our Revised Visitor Policy
  • Keep Physical Therapy at the Gladys Brooks Center in Southold location operating for those who require essential outpatient physical therapy
  • Keep Quannacut Outpatient Services operating both in person and via telemedicine. Please do not hesitate to seek help during this challenging time for us all. Call (631) 369-8966 for more information. We’re not just changing lives—we’re saving them.

We are planning to:

  • Increase COVID-19 patient capacity with an additional 17 beds

Many thanks to our front line and behind-the-line heroes that make up our extraordinary hospital staff and our incredible community that has been supporting us every step of the way during this unprecedented time. It truly takes a village!

Coronavirus Update - March 28, 2020

Stony Brook Eastern Long Island Hospital (SBELIH) is actively identifying and repurposing space within the hospital to safely care for patients suspected of having (PUI) and confirmed with coronavirus. The hospital has implemented the following series of operational changes to support the anticipated increase in COVID-19 patients:

  • Postponed elective surgeries
  • Closed a number of outpatient clinic sites
  • Created a discreet COVID-19 unit with dedicated staff
  • Redeployed staff to support COVID testing and COVID inpatient treatment areas within the hospital
  • Increased bed capacity from a licensed 15 to 46 med/surg beds, and from 2 to 5 ICU beds
  • Greatly increased capacity for overflow bed needs

In the coming months, SBELIH plans to:

  • Create new negative pressure and isolation room resources
  • Increase capacity with an additional 8 med/surg beds
  • Continue to transfer all ventilator patients to Stony Brook Southampton Hospital (SBSH) or Stony Brook University Hospital (SBUH) to cohort these patients, as we have three Intensivists who must cover SBSH and SBELIH 24/7

These projected increases in beds assume access to essential equipment and supplies. Access to ventilators for patients and personal protective equipment (PPE) for staff– such as masks and face shields - is imperative. Although SBELIH has taken steps over the past several months to increase inventory, they like all NYS hospitals, are in dire need of these items and are seeking assistance to make sure that these critical equipment and supply needs are met for the well-being of the hospital’s patients and medical teams. 

Coronavirus Update - March 23, 2020

Stony Brook Eastern Long Island Hospital Now Accepting Personal Protective Equipment Donations

In order to stay ahead of the demand for personal protective equipment (PPE) during the current COVID-19 outbreak, Stony Brook Eastern Long Island Hospital is hosting a donation drive, accepting donations that are boxed in-person and via mail. 

Stony Brook Eastern Long Island Hospital Community Relations Department will be collecting donations of personal protective equipment (PPE) which will be given to Stony Brook Eastern Long Island Hospital. The Community Relations Department  is currently accepting PPE donations that include face shields, N95 3M 1860 masks, protective eyewear, goggles, disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizer and other supplies required for staff safety. The PPE will then be distributed to medical personnel to use while interacting with possible (PUI) and known COVID-19 patients.

If members of the community have medical supplies that are in unopened boxes or comfort care items to donate, they should contact Linda Sweeney Vice President Foundation/External Affairs or Administration, at 631-477-5164 or 631-477-5100 so a drop off time and location can be arranged and donations put into the right hands quickly. 

Note: As we need to be diligent about social distancing and the safety of all involved, scheduled appointments are the most efficient and safest way to go for all involved.  

“Throughout the hospital’s history, our community never wavered in their commitment to sustain our day-to-day operations,” said Stony Brook Eastern Long Island Hospital CAO, Paul Connor. “There is no better example of this dedication than the added extra willingness that our local businesses and residents have shown with their unwavering support.

Coronavirus Update - March 21, 2020
From the Desk of Paul J. Connor III, Chief Administrative Officer

I want to say that I am very proud to be working with the dedicated Stony Brook Eastern Long Island Hospital (SBELIH) staff, our local emergency services and the community leaders of Southold Town. They are working in great partnership with this hospital and it’s very much appreciated. But as you know, we are in unprecedented territory as our nation deals with a global pandemic, so I would like to brief the community on the actions we are taking at SBELIH to address the situation.

  • We have opened a discreet COVID-19 unit with dedicated staff. All patients who require hospitalization and have tested positive for COVID-19 reside on this unit. Also, patients who are “under investigation” for COVID-19 also are placed on this unit.
  • By next week we will have created three additional negative air pressure rooms bringing our total to 6 with 2 in the Emergency Department.
  • We are awaiting FDA approval to do local COVID-19 testing. We are hoping to ramp this up by the first or second week in April.
  • We are creating a plan to expand beds to handle a surge in COVID-19 patients. This is done in conjunction with Stony Brook University Hospital and Stony Brook Southampton Hospital.
  • We have brought in more staff to handle the additional patient volume.
  • We are screening all individuals entering the hospital including employees.
  • We have cancelled elective surgeries.

Access to the Emergency Department is permitted to all only after being screened upon entering the hospital; staff members included. We continue to offer diagnostic testing in our Lab and Radiology although we only draw blood until 10 A.M. daily. Please call Central Registration at (631) 477-5121 to schedule.

Like other hospitals, we are able to take specimens for COVID-19 testing for patients who meet criteria according to CDC guidelines i.e. fever, cough, shortness of breath. If you are not symptomatic, but wish to be tested, please call the Department of Health at (631) 854-0333. If you feel sick enough to come to the Emergency Department, please call us first at (631) 477-1000 and we will provide guidance on how to access the Emergency Department.

SBELIH's Sharps Disposal Program is currently suspended. Please utilize Town of Southold's Transfer Station in Cutchogue to dispose of your sharps for the time being. Click here for more information.

We need everyone to take this pandemic seriously. Stay home and limit contact with people as much as possible. We discourage play dates, parties, sleepovers and family events. We encourage individuals to take walks or runs outside and maintain a social/physical distance of six feet between other people. Reduce the frequency of going to the grocery store as much as possible, washing your hands thoroughly when you arrive home. If you feel ill, stay home and contact your doctor for further guidance.

We understand these recommendations may render a hardship for residents, families and businesses, but it is critical to take the necessary actions to limit the spread of this virus. I make these comments not to create fear in our community, but to bring forth awareness of the severity of the situation.

Thank you.

Paul J. Connor III
Chief Administrative Officer
Stony Brook Eastern Long Island Hospital

Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) Update - March 20, 2020

In response to the spread of 2019 Novel Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Stony Brook Eastern Long Island  Hospital clinical specialists are well prepared for and actively treating COVID-19 patients, following CDC and New York State Department of Health guidelines including recommended isolation and infection control procedures. Below is a summary of related updates.

  • Stony Brook Eastern Long Island Hospital’s top priority is keeping patients, staff, visitors and the community safe. 
  • Our medical staff is highly trained at screening for and managing infectious diseases to limit the spread of a virus. 
  • There is currently enough personal protective equipment to meet the needs of every staff member coming into contact with a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patient.
  • All patients with known respiratory issues are immediately provided a surgical face mask upon initial encounter and escorted into a room promptly. The mask provides cover over the nose and mouth to contain infectious droplets and the patient is physically separated from others.
  • Our supply chain professionals are working diligently to secure additional supplies and substitutable items.
  • Our infection prevention specialists and nursing leaders are providing necessary training and updates.
  • Supplies of individual items of personal protective equipment can be expected to become strained as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve.
  • In anticipation of strained resources, the Stony Brook Eastern Long Island Hospital leadership team is reviewing and will implement evidence-based alternative practices to ensure that our front line clinical staff is appropriately protected.