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 - 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.