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Nurses union issues strike notices, vowing a walkout on Feb. 21 at PBMC and LIJ-Valley Stream unless labor contract is settled

by Feb 9, 2024
The union representing 400 nurses and other healthcare workers at Peconic Bay Medical Center has issued a notice that it will strike on Feb. 21 unless a tentative agreement is reached.

Nurses and healthcare workers at PBMC vote overwhelmingly to authorize a strike

by Feb 1, 2024
Nurses and healthcare workers at Peconic Bay Medical Center have voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike, seeking wages and benefits on par with those paid at other Long Island hospitals.

PBMC’s planned Center for Women and Infants gets $250,000 boost from North Fork couple

by Jan 11, 2024
PBMC's planned Center for Women and Infants, which is being designed for the space formerly occupied by its skilled nursing facility, got a $250,000 boost from North Fork philanthropists Robert and Patricia Friemann. The hospital hopes to open the center in 2025.
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Whooping cough outbreak being tracked in Suffolk: health commissioner urges vigilance

by Dec 31, 2023
Whooping cough is highly contagious and can be very serious, even deadly, especially for infants who are unvaccinated or incompletely vaccinated. It can be treated with antibiotics. Early diagnosis is important.

Human cases of West Nile virus reported in Riverhead and Brookhaven

by Oct 4, 2023
Two new human cases of West Nile virus in Suffolk County, including one in the Town of Riverhead, were announced yesterday by Suffolk County Health Commissioner Gregson Pigott.

Eight new mosquito samples, including two in Aquebogue, test positive for West Nile virus

by Sep 13, 2023
Eight new mosquito samples have tested positive for West Nile virus, including two in Aquebogue, Suffolk County Health Commissioner Gregson Pigott said yesterday.

New cardiac CT-scanner at Peconic Bay Medical Center can quickly detect deadly blockages, saving lives

by Aug 31, 2023
Thanks to PBMC’s ultra-fast cardiac CT-scanner, not only can cardiologists assess a patient’s coronary arteries for blockages without snaking a catheter into the arteries, they can obtain important details about the nature of any blockages and assess blood flow through the heart muscle — details that they previously could not acquire through traditional catheter probes.

Two West Nile virus cases reported in Suffolk

by Aug 29, 2023
The Suffolk County health department yesterday reported two human cases of West Nile virus yesterday, the first cases to be reported this season.

Yale researchers seek participants for study of 1,4-dioxane in Long Island drinking water

by Aug 11, 2023
Scientists studying the poorly-understood “forever chemical” 1,4-dioxane are looking for volunteers on the East End, especially those whose homes have private drinking water wells, for a study of the chemical’s potential health impacts.

‘Oppressive heat and humidity’ forecast, with heat index expected to climb to 101° locally: heat advisory extended through Saturday evening

by Jul 27, 2023
Temperatures in the 90s, high humidity will produce heat index values of 101° or more on Long Island, putting residents at risk of heat-related illnesses. A high heat advisory is now in effect through Saturday evening.
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