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The Births of Four Children, a New Knee for Carol, and Family Tradition Lead John and Carol Talmage to Support Peconic Bay Medical Center

Photo of Carol and John TalmageJohn Talmage’s grandfather was one of the founders of Central Suffolk Hospital—the initial facility of Peconic Bay Medical Center—and all of John and Carol Talmage’s children were born there. So it’s no surprise that the couple is supporting the Medical Center with a gift in their wills.

“We feel good to be a part of the Hospital, and we are happy to support a place that is nearby in an emergency,” said John, who has lived in Riverhead for all of his 86 years. “We are making this gift because we want to help the Hospital grow—and because it is a family tradition.”

John followed in the footsteps of his grandfather, Hospital founder Henry R. Talmage, by serving on the Hospital board of trustees. John was honored by the Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council with the Teddy Roosevelt Award for public service in 1971.

John earned a bachelor of science degree in agriculture from Cornell University and was a farmer for his entire career. He and Carol have been married for 63 years and have four children and 11 grandchildren.

“I especially want to thank the rehab center,” Carol said. “Everybody there was so encouraging, and it helped with my recovery.”

John urged others in the area to support PBMC. “Peconic Bay is highly rated and growing,” he said. “A gift will make you feel good that you are part of the health system that supports you.”

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