Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Knapp Center for Cardiac Care

Since construction started last year, the three-story frame of the future Knapp Cardiac Care Center has risen steadily from the ground alongside Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center on Hospital Road.

On Thursday, an American Flag rose along with it to mark the near completion of the first phase of the $60 million Knapp Cardiac Care Center.

Crews are completing the building’s exterior while prepping to start its interior work in the coming weeks.

“I am excited to announce that the exterior of the Knapp Cardiac Care Center is on schedule and the interior’s build-out will begin this fall,” said Lisa Rose, who chairs the medical center’s board of directors.

She was joined by Brookhaven Memorial’s president and CEO, Richard Margulis, at a special flag-raising ceremony on Thursday.

Also on hand to mark the occasion were members of East Patchogue VFW Post No. 8300 and the Suffolk County Police Emerald Society Pipe Band

“I am thrilled you are all here to celebrate this milestone with us and will look forward to seeing you again at our official opening next year,” Rose said.

The Knapp Cardiac Care Center is being built in part using a generous donation from the Knapp-Swezey Foundation.

The plans call for four operating suites stocked with state-of-the-art cardiac care technology to best enable cardiologists to assess and treat blockages with medication, balloon angioplasty or stent placement, according to the hospital. 

The idea is to save the lives of local people suffering from a stroke or heart attack.

“The generosity of the Knapp family, the board of directors, our many friends and benefactors and the public interest has made this vision of a community-based, state-of-the-art interventional cardiac care center a reality for the over 370,000 Long Islanders we serve,” Margulis said.

The hospital leaders also took the opportunity Thursday to announce they’d be setting programming space aside in the new center for military veteran outreach, as well as Brookhaven Memorial’s registration with the new Veterans CHOICE program.

The program, formed through legislation passed last year in Washington, allows veterans to access care at local health institutions if they live more than 40 miles away from an appropriate Veterans Affairs facility.