PBMC Executive Director Amy Loeb, left, with Polish Town Civic Association directors Darlene Folkes, MaryJo Gottschalk and Rob Gottschalk. Courtesy photo

Peconic Bay Medical Center has received a $250,000 donation from the Polish Town Civic Association in Riverhead for the construction of the hospital’s new expansions, the hospital announced today.

“As an organization deeply rooted in the Riverhead community, the Polish Town Civic Association is honored to support Peconic Bay Medical Center’s expansion plans,” the Polish Town Civic Association executive board said in a statement. “Our mission has always been to empower the Riverhead community, and we believe that access to quality healthcare is a fundamental aspect of well-being for our residents. 

“By investing in the growth of Peconic Bay Medical Center, we are directly contributing to the overall health and prosperity of our beloved community,” the board’s statement said. “We are committed to fostering a stronger, healthier Riverhead, and this donation reflects our dedication to making a lasting, positive impact for generations to come.”

PBMC is adding 6,600 square feet to the emergency department — focused on care for critical patients — adding more hospital beds and establishing a new Center for Women and Infants. The expansion costs $92 million, the hospital said, with $50 million of the money being raised through a fundraising campaign by the PBMC Foundation.

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“The Polish Town Civic Association’s extraordinary $250,000 donation is an invaluable investment in Peconic Bay Medical Center’s vision for the future and a testament to the power of community support,” PBMC Executive Director Amy Loeb said. “With their generous investment, we are one step closer to realizing our expansion plans, which will enable us to enhance medical services, accommodate more patients, and positively impact the health and well-being of the entire region. Together, we are building a healthier, stronger community, and we are thankful to the Polish Town Civic Association for their remarkable contribution.”

The Polish Town Civic Association is a community organization dedicated to preserving and promoting Polish heritage and culture. They were the organizers of the Polish Fair and Street Festival, an annual event celebrating Polish culture in Polish Town USA. PBMC said in a press release that “the Polish Town Civic Association has partnered with PBMC on a range of initiatives to improve the quality of life throughout Riverhead” over the last 15 years.

The Polish Fair was canceled this year for the third year in a row. The organization’s acting president did not provide an explanation for why the event was canceled. The Riverhead Polish Hall, a separate organization, has hosted a Polish fair in place of the civic association’s festival the last three years.

“This expansion plan is an incredibly exciting endeavor, and we are grateful to the Polish Town Civic Association for their donation to help make it possible,” Emilie Roy Corey, the chairperson of the Peconic Bay Medical Center Foundation Board said. “This is a shining example of our community working together to help make a better future.”

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Alek Lewis is a lifelong Riverhead resident and a 2021 graduate of Stony Brook University’s School of Communication and Journalism. Previously, he served as news editor of Stony Brook’s student newspaper, The Statesman, and was a member of the campus’s chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Email: alek@riverheadlocal.com