Why We Give

Here at the Eastern Long Island Foundation, our mission is deeply personal because it’s all about taking care of our community. We’re dedicated to raising the necessary funds to keep our hospital’s buildings in excellent shape and to add new equipment for our services as the need arises. We’re not just the stewards of your generous donations; we’re the guardians of your well-being.

For over a century, with the unwavering support of the Foundation, our hospital has served as a place of healing and hope for the North Fork and Shelter Island communities. We’re not your typical medical facility; we’re a warm, compassionate, and family-centered haven, offering an array of essential programs and services tailored to the unique needs of our community.

Hospitals, like our Stony Brook Eastern Long Island Hospital (SBELIH), never take a break. We’ve been tirelessly operational, 24/7, 365 days a year since 1905. Yet, this unceasing schedule can strain our beloved facility and equipment.

To ensure that we can continue providing the top-quality care and a wide range of programs and services you’ve come to rely on, as well as meet the unique challenges of the future, we must invest in our infrastructure. Our goal is simple: to make sure our dedicated staff can keep delivering the best care, guaranteeing your health and happiness while expanding our vital programs and services to meet the evolving needs of our community. It’s a personal commitment we take to heart.

Doctors are more than just healthcare professionals; they are often deeply committed to the hospitals they work in, and this commitment extends beyond their medical duties. Many doctors actively support their hospitals by sponsoring programs, organizing events, and donating equipment. This support stems from a genuine desire to enhance patient care and well-being. Doctors understand that hospitals are not just buildings but vital institutions that serve their communities. By sponsoring programs and events, they contribute to a sense of community and create opportunities for education and awareness. Donating equipment is a tangible way for doctors to ensure that their colleagues have access to the tools they need to provide the best care possible. Ultimately, these actions reflect the doctors’ dedication to their hospitals and their commitment to improving the overall healthcare experience for both patients and fellow medical professionals.

Similarly, hospital board members, who play a crucial role in the success and sustainability of the institution, often make personal donations. When board members donate to a hospital, it’s not merely a financial contribution; it’s a powerful demonstration of their dedication to the hospital’s mission. These individuals often have a deep understanding of the hospital’s needs and a vested interest in its success. Their donations set an example for the broader community and encourage philanthropic support. Moreover, their financial support can help bridge funding gaps, allowing the hospital to invest in critical initiatives, innovative healthcare technologies, or community outreach programs. In essence, board members’ donations serve as a testament to their belief in the hospital’s vital role in healthcare, making a significant impact on the institution’s ability to provide exceptional care to the community it serves.