Southampton, NY—Southampton Hospital and local officials broke ground at the site of the future Phillips Family Cancer Center on Saturday, June 10.
The Cancer Center will be located on County Road 39 in Southampton in a modern, state-of-the-art facility designed by Bridgehampton architect Blaze Makoid. Construction is slated to begin this summer and is expected to be completed in 18 months. Once open, the Cancer Center will provide all the services that cancer patients require: treatment planning following diagnosis, radiation and chemo therapies, navigation and education, and supportive care in a dedicated facility. It will be a fully integrated site of the Stony Brook Cancer Center and benefit from medical expertise and program development. Patients will also have access to Stony Brook’s clinical trials.
To bring the highest quality of care and support to patients utilizing the Phillips Family Cancer Center, Southampton Hospital will be collaborating with many local organizations in addition to Stony Brook Medicine, including The Ellen Hermanson Foundation, The Coalition for Women’s Cancers at Southampton Hospital, Lucia’s Angels, and Fighting Chance.
Cancer mortality, incidence, and prevalence among South Fork residents are disproportionately high compared to New York State and national benchmarks, and they are approximately 30 percent higher than national trends. Patients living on the South Fork who are fighting this disease also have to travel long distances to get quality care at a time when they are very vulnerable and often debilitated. Having the Phillips Family Cancer Center located in Southampton will alleviate the time-consuming and exhausting burden of traveling far for necessary care.
“The Phillips Family Cancer Center will bring life-changing services to those living with cancer on the East End of Long Island,” said Kevin Unruh, Vice President, Imaging and Cancer Services. “A facility offering everything from treatments to support in one convenient location has never been more crucial.”
Southampton Hospital was able to develop the Cancer Center thanks to a generous gift from the Phillips Family, along with subsequent fundraising. However, an additional $2 million is still needed to support equipment, medical technology and program needs. The Hospital offers a wide variety of attractive gift and naming opportunities for those who are interested in helping to advance cancer care on the East End. For more information, please call Southampton Hospital Foundation at (631) 726-8700.
Photo from left: Kenneth Wright, Chair, Hospital’s Board of Directors; Yusuf Hannun, MD, Director, Stony Brook Cancer Center; New York State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr.; Southampton Village Mayor Mark Epley; Kenneth Kaushansky, MD, MACP, Senior Vice President, Health Sciences and Dean, School of Medicine, Stony Brook University; Robert Chaloner, Southampton Hospital President & CEO; Samuel Ryu, MD, Deputy Director, Stony Brook Cancer Center; and Andrew Phillips.