Northwell Health plans to take over Mather Hospital – New York News

John T. Mather Memorial Hospital in Port Jefferson on Thursday said it has signed a letter of intent to join Northwell Health.

Mather would become Northwell’s fifth hospital in Suffolk County.

Mather currently has 248 beds, handles 12,000 inpatients and 41,000 emergency room cases each year. Mather has 2,568 employees, according to its website.

When the nearly 88-year-old hospital opened in December 1929, Mather was the first general hospital in the Town of Brookhaven. It had 54 beds, a laboratory and an emergency room with a single bed, according to the hospital’s website.

A Northwell takeover of Mather would fill a gap in its expanding coverage in Suffolk County.

Four hospitals in the county have joined Northwell’s network in a little more than two decades: Huntington Hospital in 1994, Southside in Bay Shore in 1996, South Oaks in Amityville in 2012 and Peconic Bay Medical Center in 2016.

Northwell also opened its first cancer care center in Suffolk County last year. The $46.5 million, 46,000-square-foot Imbert Cancer…

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