Officials plan open house for first phase of medical campus

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Officials at Manorville's newest -- and only -- comprehensive health care center plan to hold an open house on Sunday to show off the first of four buildings on what is expected to be a major medical campus.

The full facility, expected to cost about $10 million, will take three years to complete, on County Route 111, just south of the Long Island Expressway.

Its first building, which began accepting patients last week, offers primary care, pediatrics and an urgent care walk-in outpatient service from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday

"We saw about 20 people the first day," said executive director Jacqueline Selva, adding that the open house is a good way "to meet and greet the community."

Eventually, officials say, about 12,000 people yearly are expected to go to the center for treatment as it grows over the next two years. The medical campus is being built by Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead, which will provide backup service along with other hospitals.

Free blood pressure, cholesterol and blood glucose screenings, and a tour of the facility will be part of the noon to 4 p.m. open house.

The medical center, called the Gertrude and Louis Feil Campus for Ambulatory Care, was built in Manorville because of the community's growing population and because there are so few doctors' offices in the area.

It is about 10 miles from Peconic Bay Medical Center, the closest hospital, but there is little public transportation to Riverhead.

The medical campus will have doctors who can offer treatment in orthopedics, urology and internal medicine. Some of them are expected to relocate to the facility's second building when it opens next year and adds specialty treatment in general surgery, colorectal and pelvic floor disorders.

The center, which took a decade to get through the planning and approval stage, is expected to attract patients from eastern Brookhaven, and from Eastport and Center Moriches to Wading River, Shoreham and Ridge.

It was funded by a $5 million grant to Peconic Bay Medical Center by the Louis Feil Charitable Lead Annuity Trust. Medical center officials say that, when finished, it will employ about 300 people and serve 30,000 patients a year.

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