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Entenmann Family Foundations

In 1961, William, Charles and Robert Entenmann built the largest baking facility of its kind in the US.

Good cake, good wine and good health care are three things that the Entenmann Family cares about very deeply. Quality has been the hallmark of their family business, while generosity and community support are their legacy.

Brothers William, Charles and Robert took control of the family bakery following their father’s death in 1951 and set in motion the bakery’s rapid growth over the next three decades. They phased out bread delivery routes, replacing them with wholesale distribution of pastries to New York’s growing number of supermarkets and making Entenmann a household name.

Together the three brothers moved the company’s factory in 1961 to Bay Shore’s Fifth Avenue — just blocks away from Southside Hospital — where it remained until 2014. When they sold the company in 1978, they continued to find ways to support their communities and make a difference in the lives of their fellow Long Islanders. 

In 2011, upon William’s passing, the Entenmann family made a $10 million gift to assist the development of programs and services at Southside Hospital. Their transformational gift established the Entenmann Family Cardiac Center — ensuring that cutting-edge cardiac diagnostics, treatment and open heart surgery are available to Suffolk County residents.

quotation mark Our longtime vision: making quality health care closer to home in Suffolk County.
Entenmann brothers

The creation of the Entenmann Family Cardiac Center served as a catalyst for propelling Southside’s Heart & Lung program to greatness. Healthgrades has since named Southside Hospital one of the 50 Best Hospitals in the U.S. for heart surgery, and ranked it in the country’s top 10 percent for Coronary Interventional Procedures.

Following Robert’s death in 2016, children Jackie and Robert carried on his vision through a gift from the Robert Entenmann Advisory Committee to the Hemlocks Fund of the New York Community Trust. The $5 million gift supported cardiac care on eastern Long Island and named the Peconic Bay Medical Center’s new downtown campus in Riverhead.

The Robert Entenmann campus includes offices for Peconic Bay Medical Center’s nearly 150 non-clinical staff, making room at the medical center for continued growth of its services and clinical staff and freeing up parking spaces for patients and their visitors.

The Entenmann family’s generosity is helping fulfill the brothers’ longtime vision: making quality health care closer to home in Suffolk County.