The Jenny & John Paulson Emergency Department

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Stony Brook Southampton Hospital (SBSH) is the first hospital on the East End to be granted Level III Trauma Center verification from the American College of Surgeons (ACS). Trauma Center verification is an ACS evaluation process administered by its Verification, Review, and Consultation Program (VRC), designed to help hospitals improve trauma care. 

In 2016, the New York State Department of Health recognized Stony Brook Southampton Hospital as a provisional Level III Adult Trauma Center, providing care to the most critically injured patients. Trauma patients who require a higher level of care can be transported to the Stony Brook University Hospital Level I Trauma Center either by ambulance or, when critical, by a clinically staffed Suffolk County Police Department helicopter in 12 minutes.
A Level III Trauma Center verification is granted by the ACS upon demonstration of the ability to provide prompt assessment, resuscitation, surgery, intensive care and stabilization of injured patients and emergency operations. Elements of Level III Trauma Centers include a robust list of resources, including 24-hour immediate coverage by emergency medicine physicians and the prompt availability of general surgeons and anesthesiologists. Southampton’s trauma team includes over 100 surgeons, surgery residents, emergency room doctors, nurses and anesthesiologists who are available 24 hours a day.
In addition to the Level III Trauma Center at Southampton Hospital, Stony Brook Medicine, along with Stony Brook Southampton Hospital and the Southampton Hospital Association, are working toward providing the town of East Hampton with a satellite Emergency Department to help address the urgent medical needs of year-round residents and the area’s increasing number of second-home owners and visitors.
Stony Brook Southampton Hospital treats more than 25,000 people annually in the Emergency Department. In fact, the hospital has more emergency visits in July and August than some New York City hospitals. SBSH physicians, Board-certified in Emergency Medicine, and specialty-trained staff are available 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year, to treat a full spectrum of patient experiences—from minor cuts to traumatic injuries, and illnesses from the common cold to heart and stroke incidents. With the most sophisticated, non-invasive cardiac diagnostic and monitoring technology available and, as a New York State-designated Stroke Center, SBSH is the destination of ambulances when a heart attack or stroke is suspected. Stony Brook Southampton Hospital is accredited by The Joint Commission.

Medical Director: Darin G. Wiggins, MD, FAAEM



Highlights of the New Jenny & John Paulson Emergency Department

Stony Brook Southampton Hospital recognized the critical need to substantially expand to meet the growing need for emergency care. "We have all benefited from the services of the Hospital and we are lucky to have a talented and dedicated team of doctors and caregivers to attend to our emergency needs," comments John Paulson, whose $5 million gift enabled the new facility. “Southampton Hospital is essential to all of us living in the East End and we are honored to be part of its quest for excellence.” According to Hospital President and CEO Robert S. Chaloner, “The Paulsons’ generosity will have an extraordinary impact on our diagnostic and treatment capabilities and firmly establishes our ability to provide the best possible care to our communities.”

Victor Famulari Architect, PC created a new facility within mostly existing space, and construction took place without interruption of hospital services. The design includes:

  • Separate weather-protected entrances for walk-in patients and ambulance arrivals for improved traffic flow and enhanced security
  • A centralized trauma nurses’ station and triage area
  • Expanded diagnostic and treatment areas
  • A “fast track” area with four cubicles for less acute illnesses or injuries
  • Two additional trauma rooms and an isolation room
  • Two new patient treatment rooms are located adjacent to the centralized nurses’ station for observation and monitoring
  • Seven new patient treatment cubicles
  • Four separate exam rooms for orthopedic, gynecology and ophthalmology patients
  • General waiting area can accommodate 30-35 people and will include pay phones and drinking fountain
  • Bereavement room
  • Support areas (storage, physician-on-call room, offices and closets) that enhance efficiency

Emergency Medical Services

Stony Brook Southampton Hospital is in partnership with the Emergency Medical Service (EMS) organizations throughout Long Island’s South Fork. These volunteer organizations perform a vital, often life-saving service to residents and visitors, providing advanced life support delivered by paramedics 24 hours a day. These trained and experienced volunteers often improve the outcome before a patient arrives at the Hospital’s Emergency Department.

Local EMS Agencies 


Emergency Room Naming Opportunities