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    Blood Bank

    The need for blood and platelets is a constant one locally and nationally.  When you donate blood, your precious gift is given directly to a patient in need.  We welcome the members of the community to become donors and are extremely grateful to all of our employees, friends from the community, and students who assist our Blood Bank.

    Chaplaincy / Spiritual Care

    Stony Brook chaplains are members of the healthcare team. Mindful of the dignity of every person, chaplains provide spiritual and emotional support to patients, their families, the hospital staff, students and faculty.

    Child Life Program

    At Stony Brook Medicine, our goal is to make your child feel comfortable and cared for during hospitalization. Our Child Life Program can help to reduce the stress that pediatric patients and their families may experience when faced with illness, medical procedures, and unfamiliar surroundings.

    Hospital Auxiliary

    For more than 25 years, the Stony Brook University Hospital Auxiliary has supported the hospital in providing outstanding medical care to all its patients.

    Language Assistance / Interpreter Services

    Language asisstant interpreters - available on site and as well as through Pacific Interpreters - are skilled in sign language and foreign languages and are available to assist patients with communication on health-related issues. These services may be accessed through the nurses on staff, the hospital switchboard or the Department of Patient Advocacy.

    Patient Advocacy

    We pledge to extend every effort to make our patients and their families experience at Stony Brook Medicine as comfortable and satisfactory as possible. The department of Patient Advocacy is staffed by patient representatives who are available to help with matters concerning hospitalization, answer questions, listen to suggestions, opinions and address many non medical needs. 

    Social Work

    We realize that our patients and their families are often faced with new decisions. University Hospital offers free discharge planning to help answer any questions about topics such as lifestyle and financial situations.

    Stony Brook Stitchers

    The Stony Brook Stitchers are members of the faculty, staff, students and friends of Stony Brook University and Stony Brook Medicine.  The members volunteer their time, energy and creativity to create hand-made items for those in physical, emotional or spiritual need here within the Stony Brook University Community.

    Sunrise Fund

    The Sunrise Fund at Stony Brook was founded in 1999 by Susan Shiebler and Maureen Brennan whose children were treated for cancer at Stony Brook University Hospital. The fund was established to raise awareness about childhood cancer and to raise funds for specific projects including a respite center, a playroom, extended support services, facilities and programs that meet our families’ growing needs, and vital research into the causes and treatment of childhood cancers.

    Survivorship and Supportive Care

    Palliative medicine is provided by the Survivorship and Supportive Care Service (SOS). Call for a consult when a patient has advanced life-limiting illness, such as cancer, COPD, ESRD, CHF, or dementia.