Stony Brook Medicine‘s healthcare system continues to grow.

Earlier this week, it was announced Suffolk County’s first established hospital, Eastern Long Island Hospital (ELIH), officially joined Stony Brook’s network, effective July 1. The Greenport-based hospital, founded in 1905, will be renamed Stony Brook Eastern Long Island Hospital.

According to Stony Brook Medicine officials, Eastern Long Island agreed to join Stony Brook back in 2015. The two organizations have had close ties since 2006, the year the two became affiliated with each other.

“With the help of Stony Brook Medicine, ELIH has gradually grown its footprint during the past few years,” said Paul Connor III, chief administrative officer of Eastern Long Island.

Stony Brook Medicine, which recently merged with Southhampton Hospital in 2017, is set to add more services to its newest hospital.

“The collaboration will allow the three hospitals to work even more closely together to enable new, local access to additional medical and surgical services and new community-based health programs,” said Margaret McGovern, Stony Brook Medicine’s vice president for Health System Clinical Programs.

Among the expansion plans include adding a health program that will provide Shelter Island residents with “direct access to Stony Brook Medicine specialist.” Other services to increase outpatient service are in the works too, says Eastern Long Island spokespeople.

“This is an exciting time for Eastern Long Island Hospital,” said Thomas Murray, chairman of Eastern Long Island Hospital’s board of directors. “A lot of hard work has taken place, but the reward is here now — to be part of Stony Brook Medicine. Becoming part of the Stony Brook Medicine family allows us to continue our mission, offering the best possible care to our patients and community.”

Top: Eastern Long Island Hospital now a part of Stony Brook Healthcare healthcare system. (Credit: Stony Brook Medicine)