Stony Brook Medicine and Catholic Health Discuss Collaboration; Expanding Health Care Options for Long Islanders |

Stony Brook Medicine and Catholic Health Discuss Collaboration; Expanding Health Care Options for Long Islanders |

STONY BROOK AND ROCKVILLE CENTRE, NY – August 4, 2021 — Stony Brook Medicine (SBM) and Catholic Health (CH) have signed a letter of intent to explore a collaboration that would expand leading-edge academic medicine and advanced clinical care and deliver greater health care options to Long Islanders.

“This potential collaboration will improve patient care, offer new services and enhance medical education for both systems,” said Catholic Health President & Chief Executive Officer Patrick M. O’Shaughnessy, DO, MBA. “There will be additional options for physicians and high quality, high value services for all Long Islanders.”

“This relationship will include the development of an integrated strategic and clinical plan to grow and align trauma services, pediatric capabilities, clinical service lines and training opportunities for medical residents in the health care systems and for students in Stony Brook University’s Renaissance School of Medicine,” added Margaret M. McGovern, MD, PhD, Dean for Clinical Affairs, Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University and Vice President, Health System Clinical Programs and Strategy, Stony Brook Medicine. “By expanding training options, we will enable a more robust learning experience and lead to a talented, well prepared and persistent stream of incoming practitioners serving our Long Island communities.”

The proposed relationship affords the two health systems a unique opportunity to work together on key initiatives while remaining separate and independent in all other respects. Other projects may include population health initiatives and further options for care coordination.

This collaboration is a natural outcome of the synergies of both organizations’ longstanding reputation for excellence in the community, state-of-the-art facilities and services, leading-edge technology and increasing focus on academic excellence and expanding clinical research opportunities.

About Stony Brook Medicine:

Stony Brook Medicine encompasses all of Stony Brook University’s health-related initiatives: education, research and patient care. It includes five Health Sciences schools — Dental Medicine, Health Technology and Management, Renaissance School of Medicine, Nursing and Social Welfare — as well as Stony Brook University Hospital, Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, Stony Brook Eastern Long Island Hospital, Stony Brook Children’s Hospital and more than 200 community-based healthcare settings throughout Suffolk County. To learn more, visit

About Stony Brook University Hospital:

Stony Brook University Hospital (SBUH) is Long Island’s premier academic medical center. With 624 beds, SBUH serves as the region’s only tertiary care center and Regional Trauma Center, and is home to the Stony Brook University Heart Institute, Stony Brook University Cancer Center, Stony Brook Children’s Hospital and Stony Brook University Neurosciences Institute. SBUH also encompasses Suffolk County’s only Level 4 Regional Perinatal Center, state-designated AIDS Center, state-designated Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program, state-designated Burn Center, the Christopher Pendergast ALS Center of Excellence, and Kidney Transplant Center. It is home of the nation’s first Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis Center. To learn more, visit

About the Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University:

Established in 1971, Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University includes 25 academic departments. The three missions of the School are to advance the understanding of the origins of human health and disease; train the next generation of committed, curious and highly capable physicians; and deliver world-class compassionate healthcare. As a member of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and a Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) accredited medical school, Stony Brook is one of the foremost institutes of higher medical education in the country. Each year the School trains over 600 medical students and more than 750 medical residents and fellows. Faculty research includes National Institutes of Health-sponsored programs in neurological diseases, cancer, cardiovascular disorders, biomedical imaging, regenerative medicine, infectious diseases, and many other topics. Physicians on the School of Medicine faculty deliver world-class medical care through more than 31,000 inpatient, 104,000 emergency room and 1 million outpatient visits annually at Stony Brook University Hospital and affiliated clinical programs, making its clinical services one of the largest and highest quality medical schools on Long Island, New York. To learn more, visit

About Catholic Health:

With approximately 17,000 employees, Catholic Health is an integrated system serving Long Island’s many communities. With more than 4,600 medical staff and 4,000 nurses, the health system has an extensive network of ambulatory care locations and physician practices, 6 hospitals and a continuing care division encompassing skilled nursing and rehabilitation, home nursing and hospice care. Under the sponsorship of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, Catholic Health provides services that extend from the beginning of life to helping people live their final years in comfort, grace and dignity.

Combined, St. Francis Hospital & Heart Center®, Good Samaritan Hospital, Mercy Hospital, St. Charles Hospital, St. Catherine of Siena Hospital and St. Joseph Hospital have more than 1,900 certified hospital beds, and the health system also has 685 nursing home beds. Catholic Health Physician Partners has more than 450 employed providers in approximately 90 locations across Nassau and Suffolk counties.

Catholic Health excels in cardiac services, with St. Francis Hospital & Heart Center® being nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report for Cardiology & Heart Surgery (2020–2021)—more times than any other hospital in the region in this specialty. St. Francis Heart Center services are available in both Nassau and Suffolk. Additionally, the health care system is widely recognized for oncology services, and its cancer institute has four locations across the Island.

Good Samaritan is one of just seven hospitals nationwide to receive the Outstanding Achievement Award from the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Commission on Cancer for 18 consecutive years. It is also the only ACS-Verified Level 2 Trauma Center for both adults and pediatrics on the south shore of Long Island.

All six Catholic Health hospitals are designated stroke centers and have received the Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Stroke Association. Also, they have each earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and are fully accredited. To learn more, please see Awards and Recognition | CHSLI.

For a quarter of a century, Catholic Health’s Good Samaritan Hospital (GSH) has attracted numerous medical graduates to its residency programs because of its stellar reputation across a number of medical specialties, many involving complex care and treatment. These programs include emergency medicine, family medicine, pediatrics, podiatric surgery and OB/GYN, as well as fellowship training programs in pediatric emergency medicine and minimally invasive gynecologic surgery. As part of Catholic Health, a patient-focused health care system, students/residents who complete their training at GSH have a number of worthwhile career paths to consider across our six hospitals and a large number of employed practices.