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More than 200 people turned out to walk in the Northwell Health East End Walk at Tanger Outlets in Riverhead Sunday morning. The East End Walk was one of three walks today to benefit Northwell Health, the health system Peconic Bay Medical Center merged with in 2016.

“We’re all here because Peconic Bay Medical Center has touched our lives in some way and we believe in the power of healthy people and healthy communities,” Peconic Bay Medical Center chairwoman Sherry Patterson told the participants and supporters before the Riverhead walk began.

The East End Walk benefits cardiology and cancer services at Peconic Bay Medical Center.

The Kanas Regional Heart Center opened at Peconic Bay Medical Center in October 2017. Since then it has treated more than 1,200 cardiac patients and saved the lives of more than 50 people with interventional cardiac care that had previously been unavailable in the region.

The cancer services program at PBMC provides cancer screening and treatment for people who would otherwise be unable to access those services due to inadequate or no insurance coverage.

“Today’s walk is about staying healthy,” Patterson said. “That’s what matters to the more than 200,000 people we serve here on the East End.

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