Stony Brook Medicine eyes former Sears for new outpatient center: report

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The former Sears location in the Smith Haven Mall. Photo credit Google Street View

LAKE GROVE, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — Stony Brook Medicine is reportedly eyeing a former Sears location at a Long Island mall for a new outpatient center.

According to a Newsday report, Stony Brook Medicine’s Clinical Practice Management Plan is hoping to expand outpatient services with a new facility at Smith Haven Mall.

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Dr. Hal Paz, executive vice president for the Health Sciences at Stony Brook University, told the paper that new medical center is still being designed.

“In this new patient care center, patients will have access to expert clinicians skilled in diagnosing and treating a wide range of medical conditions in one, convenient location,” she told the paper. “It will also provide a new educational resource for residency training of our future health care professionals.”

According to the report, the facility at the Smith Town Mall will house physicians’ officers, an infusion site for non-cancer patients, a pain management center, outpatient offices for the Stony Brook Children’s Hospital and more.

The new location is location roughly 4 miles from Stony Brook University Hospital in Suffolk County.

The Sears at the Smith Haven Mall closed in May 2020. There are currently three Sears locations remaining in New York State.

Newsday reports Stony Brook has already signed a 31-year lease with Steel Equities, the owner of the former Sears building.

NYU Langone Health is also jumping on the trend of taking over Sears buildings and plans to open an ambulatory care center in the former Sears location in Garden City, the paper reported.

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