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LIMBA Richard Margulis, Pres. Brookhaven Memorial Hosp.
March 7, 2014 @ 12:00 am EST
Brookhaven Memorial Hospital president Richard Margulis was our speaker. He dispelled some notions that perhaps some of us had. BMH is an independent hospital and as an independent facility, can it be competitive in terms of services offered? The answer appears to be yes. The larger hospitals often take a regional approach to care. They will concentrate on several areas of health and assign patients to other hospital out of that narrow area of expertise.
Brookhaven must take a different approach, and must have diverse capabilities, by necessity.
In the case of heart ailments time is important. Quick remedial action is often the difference between living and dying. Therefore the hospital is planning a major addition for their cardio unit. In addition they have built a family medicine unit in North Bellport. North Bellport is a low income community with many residents having no insurance. The unit has been built to provide patients with on-going care. A place where when a patient comes in their will be prior knowledge of the patients’ medical profile. The cost of treating patients is less than emergency room visits. In addition to cost considerations emergency room care is often too late. Lower cost and better outcomes are the goal, and this facility is accomplishing that.
When asked about the effects of The Affordable Care Act, Margulis said that so far he has not seen any adverse effects.
The New cardio unit will cost $60 million and will fill a serious need. There are four such facilities in western Suffolk, but this will be the only one serving the east end.
Mr Magulis discussed the economic impact of the hospital. There are over 500 doctors associated with the unit, and approximately 500 nurses. The annual revenues of the hospital are in excess of $820 million. Mr Margulis presentation was very encouraging that better care for this community is available. We came away from the meeting with a deeper appreciation of the value of the medical service being administered.
This meeting was sponsored by Nickerson Corporate Interiors Joe Ogno was representing Nickerson.