‘Transformative’ PBMC taps cardiologist as director

Directed by: New Medical Director Jean Cacciabaudo will help Peconic Bay Medical Center transition into a regional emergency hub.

The East End’s largest hospital has a new medical director.

Noted cardiologist Jean Cacciabaudo, the former chief of cardiology at Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, has been appointed medical director of Peconic Bay Medical Center, according to an announcement from the Riverhead hospital.

Peconic Bay Medical Center joined Southside Hospital and the rest of the Northwell Health system roughly one year ago and is in the midst of the “most transformative time in its 65-year history,” the hospital said, noting the imminent groundbreaking of a $60 million “critical care tower” that will include comprehensive trauma, intensive care and cardiac-catheterization suites, in addition to an FAA-certified rooftop helipad.

Leading medical operations at that new regional center will be Cacciabaudo, a fellowship-trained cardiologist who also served previously as director of nuclear cardiology and associate medical director of Northwell Health’s Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park.

Andrew Mitchell: Cacciabaudo is the right leader at the right time.

Peconic Bay Medical Center President and CEO Andrew Mitchell called Cacciabaudo “the ideal leader for our medical staff as we transition and grow into a regional medical center,” while Agostino Cervone, president of Peconic Bay’s medical staff, noted the new medical director’s unique mix of experience and personality.

“She brings a combination of medical accomplishment and leadership capability that is truly inspiring,” Cervone said in a statement.

Cacciabaudo studied at New York Medical College and served her internship and residency at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, where her training included clinical fellowships in hypertension and cardiology.

She has served on the faculties of the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine, the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx and Weill Cornell Medicine in Manhattan.

The new medical director succeeds internist Richard Kubiak, who has returned to internal-medicine practice in the PBMC Medical Group – the East End’s “largest multispecialty medical group,” according to Northwell Health – after directing medical operations at PBMC since 2007.

Cacciabaudo said she is looking forward to building on Kubiak’s body of work, which included attaining Center of Excellence accreditations for joint-replacement and bariatric surgeries, establishing new family-medicine teaching programs and earning excellence recognition for stroke care and other practice areas.

“I am looking forward to the challenge of bringing a new focus on advanced medical services to the East End,” Cacciabaudo said Wednesday. “We are going to improve the quality of care with an expanding range of services for the East End, with Peconic Bay Medical Center as the hub.”

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