A Couple’s Vision Brings Comfort, Joy, and a Bequest to Peconic Bay Medical Center—For Our Patients and Families
“Is there anything you have left undone?” asked the Pegasus House Palliative Care team.
Kenneth Hausmann was a terminally ill patient in Peconic Bay Medical Center’s intensive care unit under the care of the Palliative Care team. “Yes, there is,” he responded. “I would like to marry Edna,” (his longtime girlfriend).
Working quickly with hospital staff and the local town clerk, arrangements were made to fulfill Kenneth’s dream. The next afternoon, surrounded by their adult children, grandchildren, and caregivers, Kenneth and Edna exchanged vows—and his final wish was fulfilled.
In its eight years of operation, the Pegasus House Palliative Care team has provided exceptional care and compassion for hundreds of patients and families with serious medical conditions. Each day they go above and beyond to provide comfort in suffering, as they did for Kenneth and Edna. The program is a product of the vision and commitment of Emilie Roy Corey and Michael Corey.
Ten years ago, Mrs. Corey had emergency gall bladder surgery at Peconic Bay Medical Center over Thanksgiving weekend. She shared a room with someone who was nearing the end of her life. As a geriatric social worker, Mrs. Corey recognized the signs and wished the Hospital had more resources to care for patients and their families during those difficult times.
After Emilie recovered, she and Mike made a transformational gift to establish a palliative care program within the Hospital. Thanks to the Coreys’ vision, Pegasus House Palliative Care began serving patients and their families in 2009—and the program has drawn high praise around the nation.
Because of the Coreys’ generosity, Pegasus House is one of the most innovative palliative care programs in the Northeast; and it is helping to care for our East End community with compassion and empathy.
“My husband and I have been involved with many national and local organizations, but Pegasus House has been the most rewarding project we have ever worked on,” said Emilie. “We have seen its impact on hundreds of patients and families.
“After the Pegasus House opened, our commitment to Peconic Bay Medical Center grew stronger. So much so that we decided to become members of the Heritage Society to help the Medical Center in years to come, and we hope others will join us with this endeavor.”