Hospital Timeline: 2010-2020

  • National Research Corporation recognizes Stony Brook University Medical Center as one of the nation’s top hospitals with a 2009/2010 Consumer Choice Award. Stony Brook is one of just two hospitals selected in Nassau and Suffolk Counties and 280 hospitals nationwide recognized.
  • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves Xiaflex™, a new drug to treat Dupuytren’s contracture, discovered and developed by Marie A. Badalamente, PhD, and Lawrence C. Hurst, MD, Department of Orthopaedics. The new treatment is the first FDA-approved non-surgical treatment.
  • Stony Brook University Medical Center surgeons perform a groundbreaking procedure called irreversible electroporation (IRE), a minimally invasive surgical technique that selectively kills tumor cells by using electrical fields to poke holes or generate pores in tumor cells. Not only is it performed for the first time at Stony Brook — it is the first time in the world that IRE is used to treat pancreatic cancer.
  • Stony Brook University Medical Center surgeons perform the successful implantation of the first permanent HeartMate II left ventricular assist device (LVAD). Patient Arthur Plowden calls himself “half man, half amazing” after receiving his LVAD.
  • With more than 150 in attendance, including faculty, staff and community members, Stony Brook University Medical Center breaks ground on its new Comprehensive Emergency Psychiatric Program (CPEP) Annex, a 10,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art patient care facility.
  • Children's Hospital Launch
    The launch of Stony Brook Children's Hospital
    Building on its strong foundation in pediatric services, Stony Brook University Medical Center launches Stony Brook Long Island Children’s Hospital, the only dedicated children’s hospital east of the Nassau/Queens border, providing children and adolescents with state-of-the-art technology and world-class specialty physicians, nurses, and researchers.
  • Kenneth Kaushansky, MD, the Helen M. Ranney Distinguished Professor and Chair, Department of Medicine at University of California, San Diego, is named Senior Vice President of the Health Sciences and Dean of the School of Medicine. 
  • Stony Brook University Medical Center’s Pediatric Emergency Department opens, providing expert pediatric specialized care to its youngest patients. The new Pediatric ED includes a separate and dedicated entrance, triage and waiting rooms, private treatment rooms, and a pleasant and soothing environment, complete with colorful artwork and an aquarium.
  • Stony Brook Community Medical, PC, is established to work closely with local physician practices to better serve and enhance the coordination of medical services.
  • Stony Brook University Medical Center expands clinical and research capabilities for the treatment of acute stroke, brain aneurysms and other cerebrovascular anomalies with the establishment of a Cerebrovascular Research Center and unveils a one-of-a-kind neuroendovascular simulator that recreates vasculature in the brain. Affectionately known in the lab as “Headley,” the simulator — co-invented by B. Barry Lieber, PhD, Director of the Cerebrovascular Research Center — will profoundly impact research, teaching, diagnosis and treatment of neurovascular disease.
  • A new chapter in the diagnosis and treatment of valvular heart disease begins with the opening of the Valve Center at Stony Brook University Heart Center.
  • The newly constructed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and Labor & Delivery Suite open. The all-private-room NICU, a first in New York State, is equipped with 46 beds, and the Labor & Delivery Suite offers 10 rooms with private baths, private recovery rooms and three state-of-the-art Operating Rooms.
  • Stony Brook University celebrates a historic $150 million gift from Dr. James and Dr. Marilyn Simons and the Simons Foundation — the largest in the history of Stony Brook University or to any one of the 64 institutions in the SUNY system. One of the specific initiatives to be funded by the gift is the creation of a 240,000-square-foot Medical and Research Translation (MART) building on the medical center campus.
  • The new facility for Stony Brook University Medical Center's Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP) opens. Located next to the Emergency Department, CPEP’s new 10,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility is triple the size of its former space and includes a dedicated family waiting area and triage desk, separate areas for adult and pediatric patients, and extended observations rooms.
  • Stony Brook University Heart Institute is one of a select number of sites in the U.S. to offer FDA-approved transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) with the Edwards SAPIEN transcatheter heart valve, providing new hope to high-risk patients with severe symptomatic aortic stenosis in need of valve replacement surgery.
  • Stony Brook’s Outpatient Imaging Center adds a high-field open magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) unit, featuring a stronger magnetic field than traditional open magnets and the capacity to accommodate patients who weigh up to 500 pounds. The unit provides a more comfortable exam for patients and greatly reduces any stress caused by claustrophobia.
  • The Bariatric and Metabolic Weight Loss Center opens a dedicated patient unit to accommodate the unique needs of patients undergoing bariatric surgery.
  • L. Reuven Pasternak, MD, the former CEO and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs of Inova Fairfax Hospital, becomes CEO of Stony Brook University Hospital and Vice President for Health Systems at Stony Brook Medicine.
  • Stony Brook University Hospital forms new surgical division for the care of traumatic injuries. The Division of Trauma, Emergency Surgery and Surgical Critical Care reflects Stony Brook’s expert capacity to provide around-the-clock care for patients in need of trauma services and emergency surgery as a Level I Trauma Center.
  • Stony Brook Medicine is prepares to expand its facilities with the construction of a 240,000-square-foot Medical and Research Translation building and a 225,000-square-foot new Hospital Pavilion to house Stony Brook Children’s Hospital. The new facilities are funded in part by a $35 million NYSUNY 2020 Challenge Grant, $50 million in support through a historic $150 million gift from Jim and Marilyn Simons and the Simons Foundation, and $53 million in support from New York State Senators John Flanagan and Kenneth P. LaValle.
  • A team of hand surgeons at Stony Brook University Hospital successfully reattaches the hands of Kenneth Klapak, a 53-year-old sheet metal worker from Staten Island, NY, after an accident on May 16 nearly severed them.
  • Stony Brook Children’s Hospital launches the Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivity Center, a comprehensive center for the diagnosis, treatment, management and support of celiac disease and gluten sensitivities.
  • To provide extra support to families of hospitalized children, Stony Brook Children’s Hospital partners with the Ronald McDonald House® of Long Island to open a Ronald McDonald Family Room™ at the hospital.
  • Stony Brook Medicine is the first site on Long Island and the 10th site in North America to offer simultaneous PET/MRI.
  • Stony Brook Medicine’s new multidisciplinary Aortic Center, the first of its kind in Suffolk County, opens, providing comprehensive and coordinated care for the full spectrum of conditions affecting the aorta.
  • Stony Brook University breaks ground on its new Medical and Research Translation (MART) building. The 240,000-square-foot building, which will be directly connected to Stony Brook University Hospital, will house eight floors devoted to imaging, neurosciences, cancer care and cancer research.
  • Surgeons at Stony Brook University Hospital are the first on Long Island approved to perform an innovative procedure, using the LINX® Reflux Management System, to help prevent gastric reflux in patients who suffer from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
Burn Center Ribbon-Cutting
The ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Suffolk County Volunteer Firefighters Burn Center at Stony Brook Medicine
  • Stony Brook Medicine celebrates the dedication of the new Suffolk County Volunteer Firefighters Burn Center. The upgraded 7,200-square-foot unit has an expanded debridement and bandaging area, larger treatment rooms and six private patient rooms with large windows with a southerly view of Eastern Long Island.
  • Stony Brook University Hospital is one of six hospitals and the only academic medical center to receive the prestigious 2013 NDNQI® Award for Outstanding Nursing Quality. The award recognizes Stony Brook’s overall excellence in nursing performance and patient outcomes.
  • Stony Brook University Hospital is the only institution on Long Island to offer Blue Light Cystoscopy with Cysview®, a new imaging agent for the detection of papillary cancer of the bladder in patients with known or suspected bladder cancer.
  • A new MRI Suite opens next to the Emergency Department and Diagnostic Radiology, which features the Siemens Magnetom Skyra 3T MRI scanner with the most powerful magnet available and Siemens Magnetom Aera 1.5T MRI scanner.
  • Kavita and Lalit Bahl of Stony Brook pledge $3.5 million to establish the Kavita and Lalit Bahl Molecular Imaging Laboratory at Stony Brook Medicine. The high-tech laboratory will enable physicians and researchers to diagnose and monitor disease at the molecular level, as well as develop new targeted treatments for cancer, neurological disorders and other diseases.
  • The Pediatric Emergency Department expands its hours to be open 24 hours a day/seven days a week.
  • Researchers at Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine and Ortek Therapeutics, Inc., develop a chocolate-flavored soft chew, BasicBitesTM, to help maintain healthy teeth by supporting the normal acid-base (pH) levels on tooth surfaces while coating the teeth with a mineral source.
  • Stony Brook Medicine receives approval from the New York State Department of Health to serve as the lead provider within Suffolk County in the statewide rollout of the DSRIP (Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment) Program. This New York State program is focused on reducing avoidable admissions/readmissions and unnecessary Emergency Department visits.
  • Stony Brook University showcases the construction progress of its new Stony Brook Children’s Hospital facility in a ceremony for public officials, generous donors, young patients and their families, and hundreds of administrators, physicians and staff. The new facility will be housed within the new 10-story Hospital Pavilion.
  • A new 15-bed unit in the Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit at Stony Brook University Heart Institute is unveiled at Stony Brook Medicine.
  • In honor of the last piece of structural steel being erected on the newly constructed Medical and Research Translation (MART) building at Stony Brook Medicine, leadership from the institution and elected officials from the area gather for a topping out ceremony.
  • A unanimous vote by the State University of New York Board of Trustees allows Stony Brook Medicine and Southampton Hospital to move forward with a proposed affiliation agreement.
  • The Midwifery Practice at Stony Brook celebrates its 10,000th delivery with the birth of Lorilei Ann on Feb. 12 to parents Phyllis and Joseph Boccio.
  • Stony Brook Medicine holds a topping out ceremony for Stony Brook Children’s Hospital, which included leadership from Stony Brook Medicine and Stony Brook Children's, elected officials from the area, donors, and patients and family members.
  • 100,000th Baby
    Luca Michael Picarella — the 100,000th baby born at Stony Brook — with parents Katie and Mike and big sister Gianna. The Picarella family is joined by Jeffrey Solomon (far left), the first baby born at the hospital in 1980.
    The Board of Directors of Eastern Long Island Hospital votes unanimously to approve an affiliation with Stony Brook University Hospital.
  • Stony Brook Medicine reaches a milestone with its 100,000 delivery. The lucky baby, Luca Michael Picarella, weighing 8 pounds, 9 ounces, and 20 ¾ inches in length, was born on Aug. 17 to parents Katie and Mike Picarella and big sister Gianna.
  • Stony Brook Medicine celebrates the opening of a new Vascular Center in Centereach. The 6,000-square-foot building offers patients clinical evaluations with the most advanced diagnostic tests, state-of-the-art on-site procedure rooms for minimally invasive office-based treatments, as well as an angiography/operating room suite.
  • Stony Brook Medicine’s proposed affiliation with Southampton Hospital clears a major hurdle with the New York State Public Health and Health Planning Council’s contingent approval of the Certificate of Need.
  • Dunia Sibomana, an 8-year-old boy from the Congo in Central Africa, receives life-changing treatment at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital after an attack by a chimpanzee. The series of rare, facial reconstructive surgeries is performed pro bono by a team led by Alexander B. Dagum, MD, Chief, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Dunia is also being supported by the Smile Rescue Fund for Kids, a nonprofit organization founded by orthodontist Leon Klempner, DDS, Assistant Clinical Professor, Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine.
  • Stony Brook University Hospital Ambulance Service is the first EMS provider in New York State to be approved as an Ambulance Transfusion Service by the New York State Department of Health, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services and Trauma Systems and the Wadsworth Center’s Blood and Tissue Resources Program.
  • Stony Brook Children’s Service opens Advanced Pediatric Care in Center Moriches, which offers primary and preventive pediatrics, as well as various pediatric specialties, including asthma and pulmonary diseases, adolescent medicine, cardiology, infectious diseases, gastroenterology, endocrinology, urology and child neurology.
  • SUNY Board of Trustees approves Stony Brook Medicine’s proposed affiliation with Eastern Long Island Hospital.
  • Stony Brook Medicine and Mount Sinai Health System enter into an affiliation agreement to collaborate on research, academic programs and clinical care initiatives.
  • Advanced Imaging opens at 1320 Stony Brook Road in Stony Brook. This new facility offers a full range of radiology services, from MRI, PET and CT to mammography, ultrasound and x-ray.
  • Unrivaled in the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, the Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Comprehensive Care Center at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital officially opens its doors.
  • Stony Brook University Cancer Center unveils the Kavita and Lalit Bahl Center for Metabolomics and Imaging, a state-of-the-art facility that will enable experts to probe the metabolic dynamics of tumors and pioneer new approaches in cancer research, detection, treatment and prevention. The center is made possible by the vision and support of Kavita and Lalit Bahl and their two generous gifts totaling $13.75 million.
  • The American College of Surgeons formally verifies Stony Brook University Trauma Center as the highest-level trauma center for adults and children, making the Trauma Center Suffolk County’s only Adult and Pediatric Level I Trauma Center.
  • Stony Brook Medicine opens a new multispecialty center in Commack called Advanced Specialty Care to offer residents more choice and flexibility when looking for quality medical care.
  • Triplets, Hunter, Jackson and Kaden Howard, undergo first-ever surgery for craniosynostosis, a rare skull condition. The minimally invasive endoscopic surgeries are performed by David A. Chesler, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery and Pediatrics, an expert in craniosynostosis.
  • Stony Brook Southampton Hospital
    Stony Brook Southampton Hospital becomes a member of the Stony Brook Medicine hospital system
    Stony Brook University welcomes Southampton Hospital, now known as Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, as a member of the Stony Brook Medicine hospital system on Aug. 1.
  • Stony Brook Medicine opens a new Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, making it the only facility on the East End of Long Island capable of providing clinically complex care to critically ill heart patients. Diagnostic, emergency and elective treatments are delivered by Stony Brook University Heart Institute specialists.
  • Stony Brook Medicine surgeons are the first on Long Island to perform an entire, totally robotic Whipple procedure. Formally known as pancreaticoduodenectomy, the Whipple procedure is performed by surgical oncologists to remove pancreatic tumors and other types of GI tumors.
  • Stony Brook University Hospital installs two fully equipped hybrid Operating Rooms to provide patients with minimally invasive surgical procedures that are shorter, safer and more convenient. The hybrid ORs feature the most up-to-date, technologically sophisticated equipment, including the Siemens Artis Pheno. Stony Brook is the first hospital in the Northeast and the third hospital in the country to use this type of imaging equipment.
  • Stony Brook Medicine is the first on Long Island and across the New York metropolitan area to implant a new commercially available retinal device — called the Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System and known as the “bionic eye” — to provide artificial vision for patients with retinitis pigmentosa.
  • Stony Brook Medicine’s Comprehensive Epilepsy Center is designated as a Level 4 Epilepsy Center by the by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers.
  • Ernest J. Baptiste, former CEO of NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County, joins Stony Brook University Hospital as its new CEO.
  • Thanks to pioneering work at Stony Brook Medicine, led by Joel Saltz, MD, PhD, Vice President for Clinical Informatics, and founder and Cherith Chair, Department of Biomedical Informatics, digital solutions are in development for pathology slide specimens — the last major frontier in digitizing medical images.
  • The World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program Long Island Clinical Center of Excellence opens a new location at Advanced Specialty Care, Stony Brook Medicine’s multispecialty care center in Commack.
  • Lionel S. D’Souza, MD, Division of Gastroenterology, performs Suffolk County’s first POEM procedure, a state-of-the-art, incision-free treatment for achalasia, a rare, potentially debilitating swallowing disorder.
  • The transformative career of Max Fink, MD, Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology Emeritus at Stony Brook University, a world-leading expert and defender of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), is the focus of a new collection at the Stony Brook University Libraries. The digital collection, a subset of the papers, includes nearly 7,000 items (20,000 pages) of Dr. Fink’s original notes on experimental psychiatry, outgoing letters to colleagues, professional writings and an autobiographical memoir completed in 2017.
  • Stony Brook University Heart Institute now offers select electrophysiology services to treat heart rhythm disorders, also known as arrhythmias, at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital.
  • The National Pancreas Foundation (NPF) designates Stony Brook University Cancer Center as a Pancreatic Cancer Center. It is the first NPF Cancer Center on Long Island.
  • Stony Brook Children’s Hospital surgeon performs rotationplasty to restore mobility for 12-year-old Delaney after rare pediatric cancer. The innovative surgical procedure is used to transform Delaney’s ankle into a knee and with a prosthesis to allow her to walk, jump, dance and play.
  • MART Ribbon-Cutting
    The ribbon-cutting for the Medical and Research Translation (MART) building and Stony Brook University Cancer Center
    Stony Brook University and the Long Island section of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) co-host a ceremony to honor researcher Paul Lauterbur, PhD, who created the first multidimensional image using nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). To further honor the Lauterbur family and recognize Paul Lauterbur’s contributions, Stony Brook University names the roadway that leads to the Medical and Research Translation (MART) building Lauterbur Drive.
  • Stony Brook University and Stony Brook Medicine celebrate a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new MART building and Stony Brook University Cancer Center. Connected to Stony Brook University Hospital, the MART offers expanded space for patients and families in an environment that promotes healing, fosters research and offers hope for new ways to cure and prevent cancer.
  • Stony Brook University Hospital is named one of “America’s 100 Best Hospitals™” for 2019 by Healthgrades, the first organization in the country to rate hospital quality based entirely on actual clinical outcomes. Stony Brook is in the top 2 percent of hospitals nationwide and one of only four hospitals in New York State. Stony Brook is also one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Care, Coronary Intervention and Stroke Care.
  • Stony Brook Medicine launches Long Island’s first Mobile Stroke Unit program. These state-of-the-art units are designed to provide specialized, lifesaving care to people within the critical moments of stroke before they even get to the hospital.
  • Southampton Hospital Association and Stony Brook Medicine celebrate a ribbon-cutting ceremony for The Phillips Family Cancer Center. A fully integrated site of the Stony Brook University Cancer Center, The Phillips Family Cancer Center provides radiation therapy and medical oncology.
  • Stony Brook Eastern Long Island Hospital
    Stony Brook Eastern Long Island Hospital joins the Stony Brook Medicine hospital system.
    Eastern Long Island Hospital joins the Stony Brook Medicine healthcare system and is now known as Stony Brook Eastern Long Island Hospital.
  • Stony Brook University Hospital is honored with the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) 2019 Pinnacle Award for Quality and Patient Safety. One of five healthcare organizations recognized, Stony Brook receives the award for its initiative “Quality Diabetes Care: Creating a Culture of Excellence Through Innovation.”
  • Stony Brook is named by Healthgrades as one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals™ for 2020 in Cardiac Care, Coronary Intervention and Stroke Care — the sixth consecutive year Stony Brook has received the cardiac care award and the fifth consecutive year for the coronary intervention and stroke care awards.
  • Stony Brook Medicine opens its 150-bed Hospital Pavilion and Stony Brook Children’s Hospital, and celebrates with a historic Move Day, moving 102 patients into their new patient rooms.
  • Stony Brook Medicine commemorates the opening of its new adult behavioral health facility, Quannacut Outpatient Services, located in Riverhead, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and tours. At the forefront of modern treatment for substance use disorders, Quannacut is uniquely equipped to provide patients 18 years of age and above with all outpatient care in one location.
  • Carol Gomes, MS, FACHE, CPHQ, is named CEO of Stony Brook University Hospital.
  • Stony Brook University Hospital is named one of “America’s 100 Best Hospitals™” for 2020 by Healthgrades — the second consecutive year that the hospital has earned this distinction. Stony Brook is in the top 2 percent of hospitals nationwide for clinical excellence.