On Thursday, April 25, Southampton Hospital Association (SHA) and Stony Brook Medicine celebrated a momentous milestone with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and tours of The Phillips Family Cancer Center. A fully integrated site of the Stony Brook University Cancer Center, The Phillips Family Cancer Center will start providing radiation therapy in May, and will offer medical oncology in August. The Center changes cancer care on the East End by delivering advanced, comprehensive cancer treatments in a state-of-the-art, two-level, patient-centered building and healing environment located at 740 County Road 39A in Southampton, New York.The new Center has the latest technology, including the only linear accelerator on the East End, a Varian Linear Accelerator TrueBeam™, which provides more precise targeting of cancer cells during radiation therapy, sparing healthy surrounding tissue. Every chemotherapy treatment is formulated in the on-site pharmacy.
The 13,800 square-foot building was designed by local Hampton architect, Blaze Makoid who took inspiration from the property’s legacy as the site of a Southampton farmer’s potato barn. The interior is designed to enhance healing by healthcare facilities architect, Victor Famulari. Patients and families are cared for in private and shared treatment spaces featuring murals of soothing East End beach scenes. Chemotherapy treatment rooms overlook healing outdoor organic gardens and landscapes supervised by Edwina von Gal of Perfect Earth Project and Christopher LaGuardia of LaGuardia Design Group. There are separate entrances for Radiation Therapy and Medical Oncology patients. Mobile computers with automatic charting allow medical staff to focus more time and attention directly on the patient.
A full-time, oncology social worker is available for counseling at the Fighting Chance annex office, which is located inside the Center on the first level. Fighting Chance also provides information and aid to patients and their caregivers. Additional partnerships, include the Ellen Hermanson Foundation which donates funds and provides support services, and The Ed & Phyllis Davis Wellness Institute which offers wellness programming. A large multi-purpose conference room hosts community outreach programs and patient support programs such as yoga, meditation and group therapy.
Yusuf Hannun, MD
Director, Stony Brook University Cancer Center; Vice Dean for Cancer Medicine;
Joel Strum Kenny Professor in Cancer Research
Samuel Ryu, MD
Deputy Director, Clinical Affairs, Stony Brook University Cancer Center
Professor and Chair, Department of Radiation Oncology
Attached Photo by Lisa Tamburini for Stony Brook Southampton Hospital
From left, Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr., Kenneth Wright, Chairman, Southampton Hospital Association; Robert S. Chaloner, Chief Administrative Officer, Stony Brook Southampton Hospital; Barbara Phillips, benefactor, and her son Andrew Phillips, cutting the ribbon; Kenneth Kaushansky, MD. MACP, Senior Vice President, Health Services and Dean of the Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University; Yusuf A. Hannun, MD, Director of Stony Brook University Cancer Center, Vice Dean for Cancer Medicine, Joel Strum Kenny Professor in Cancer Research; and Samuel Ryu, MD, Professor and Chair, Department of Radiation Oncology, Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University and Deputy Director, Clinical Affairs, Stony Brook University Cancer Center.