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Advanced cardiac care comes to eastern Long Island, thanks to a family’s gift

While busy with preparations for a family Thanksgiving gathering, Patricia Johnson suffered a severe heart attack. 

Rushed to Peconic Bay Medical Center’s cardiac catheterization suite — which had opened just weeks prior — Patricia underwent an emergency catheterization procedure. It revealed her main coronary artery was 98 percent blocked. If the artery could not be reopened and blood flow restored, Patricia would have had just minutes to live.

Saving lives through state-of-the-art technology

Fortunately, the same advanced technology used to diagnose the blockage was also designed to treat it. The artery was reopened, a stent inserted to keep it open, and Patricia’s life was saved. Two days later, she was home in time for Thanksgiving with her family. 

“I don’t know what would have happened if there wasn’t a facility like this so close,” Patricia says. “I might not have made it.” 

Peconic Bay Medical Center opened central Suffolk County’s first cardiac catheterization facility, or “cath lab,” as part of its Kanas Regional Heart Center. The cath lab brought access to emergency interventional cardiology services — such as lifesaving heart attack treatment — closer to home for nearly a quarter of a million residents of eastern Long Island.

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Patricia Johnson

Expanding a family’s legacy

The enduring thanks of patients like Patricia are the legacy of community benefactors like Robert Entenmann. When Robert died in 2016, his children, Jackie and Robert, memorialized their father’s generosity and vision through a $5 million gift from the Robert Entenmann Advisory Committee to the Hemlock Fund of the New York Community Trust. 

The Entenmanns’ gift supports cardiac care on eastern Long Island, including the cath lab, through Peconic Bay’s New Era Campaign. The medical center’s downtown campus in Riverhead was named in Robert Entenmann’s honor. 

The Entenmann family has been a longtime benefactor of Northwell Health, lending prior support to both Southside and North Shore University hospitals. This gift extends their legacy of supporting cardiac care on Long Island to communities that were dear to Robert’s heart.

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