At the Stony Brook Children’s Hospital ribbon-cutting ceremony were (left to right): New York State Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick; Kevin Law, president of the Long Island Association and chair of the Stony Brook Council; Kenneth Kaushansky MD, senior vice president of health sciences and dean of the Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University; New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle; SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson; Michael Bernstein, PhD, interim president at Stony Brook University; David and Michele Knapp from the Knapp Swezey and Island Outreach Foundations; New York State Senator John Flanagan; Peg McGovern, MD, PhD, Knapp professor of pediatrics and physician-in-chief for Stony Brook Children’s Hospital; Brookhaven Town Councilwoman Valerie Cartwright; and Lisa Santeramo, assistant secretary for intergovernmental affairs, attending on behalf of Gov. Andrew Cuomo. (Photo: Stony Brook Children's Hospital)
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Stony Brook cuts ribbon on new children’s hospital

Officials celebrated the opening of the new Stony Brook University Children’s Hospital with a ribbon cutting last week.

The 71,500-square-foot facility has 114 beds and each room of the new hospital includes patient, family and healthcare provider areas. 

Hospital beds can capture and download patient information directly into patients’ charts. There is a proprietary security system for every room, with interactive televisions, in-room refrigerators and kid-focused menus.

The hospital has separate child and teen playrooms, as well as common areas, including an outdoor garden, and a classroom with Wi-Fi so students can keep up with their studies.

For family members and visitors, the hospital provides a new Ronald McDonald Family Room, courtesy of the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island, to offer a welcoming place for family respite, comfort and support. 

The hospital’s design and amenities are supported by research that shows that a child-friendly environment contributes to better outcomes for children. Patient rooms include multi-colored wall lights controlled by patients, to give them a greater sense of control over their environment during what can be a frightening time for them and their families, according to a Stony Brook University statement.

A community open house at the new hospital is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m at 101 Nicolls Rd., Stony Brook.

Photo: Stony Brook Children’s Hospital
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