Northwell Health recently announced that it will open a $6.2 million, 11,300-square-foot comprehensive cancer center in Riverhead, New York, by the end of this year. The new facility will provide residents of the East End of Long Island access to integrated cancer services in a conveniently located outpatient facility.
The Northwell Health Cancer Institute at Riverhead offers an array of cancer services, including medical oncology/hematology, an infusion/chemotherapy unit with eight individual bays, immunotherapy, hormone therapy, targeted therapy, nutritional counseling, and social work. Cancer surgery consultations are offered in the following subspecialties: breast surgery, colorectal surgery, surgical oncology, plastic and reconstructive surgery, and thoracic surgery. The facility also houses a state-of-the-art pharmacy and lab.
As part of Northwell’s 23-hospital network, the Cancer Institute at Riverhead is seamlessly connected to care in the community, including inpatient cancer care, emergency care, screening and diagnostic imaging, primary care, specialty care, and support services through Peconic Bay Medical Center and other Suffolk County facilities.
Closer to Home
“The Northwell Health Cancer Institute at Riverhead provides our patients on the East End with access to top-notch cancer specialists and the latest in treatments and diagnostic capabilities in a modern and comfortable space,” said Richard Barakat, MD, Physician-in-Chief and Director of the Northwell Health Cancer Institute. “Joining other institutional members of the health system’s cancer institutes, the Riverhead facility will offer novel clinical trials to patients, some of which are in partnership with the renowned Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, as well as cancer genetic testing. This is what makes Northwell’s cancer institutes unique in delivering cancer care.”
Richard Barakat, MD
Kenneth Gold, MD
Kenneth Gold, MD, Director of Medical Oncology for the Eastern Region at Northwell Health, said that many East End patients will no longer need to travel as far to receive cancer services. “We recognize the stress and toll cancer treatments can take on patients and their loved ones,” said Dr. Gold. “Our goal is to provide the latest cancer treatment under one roof, so patients can access cancer care close to their homes and spend less time driving to appointments and focus more of their energy on healing and recovery.”
The Northwell Health Cancer Institute at Riverhead becomes the ninth cancer institute or cancer center established by the health system across Long Island, New York City, and Westchester. Northwell treats approximately 16,000 new patients with cancer annually.