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Aboff’s Paint Stores Donates More Than 4,000 N95 Masks To Stony Brook Southampton Hospital And The Long Island State Veterans Home

Sydney A. Braat

LISVH RN, Christopher Brancato, wearing the PPE donated by Aboff's. (Courtesy Photo)

The local community has come together more than ever before to assist those who are putting their lives at risk daily in Stony Brook Southampton Hospital. The Aboff Family, owners of Aboff's Paint Stores, have made a tremendously generous donation of 4,240 N95 masks to both The Long Island State Veterans Home (LISVH) at Stony Brook University and Stony Brook Southampton Hospital. There has been a total of 17,000 masks collected overall to hospitals and EMS outlets networks across Long Island. Health workers have been desperate for additional resources for several weeks and donations like this are immensely appreciated.

"The donation was a lifesaver," said Fred Sganga, Executive Director of LISVH. "Securing PPE for my staff has been our number one priority. We refuse to send our staff into battle without the proper protection. Aboff Paints stepped up to the plate when we needed it the most."

Sganga is a neighbor of Rod Aboff and after getting in touch, the Aboff family wasted no time in collecting PPE materials.

Aboff's Paint Stores have provided a total of 1,040 masks and 133 tyvek suits and pairs of painters booties to LISVH and 3,200 masks to Southampton Hospital.

"We've been part of the community since 1929 and we wanted to give back to the community that's been supporting us over the past 90 years," said Matthew Aboff.

"Aboff's Paint Stores and the Aboff family are the quintessential community-minded business for which Long Island is known," said Steven M. Bernstein, Chief Development Officer, Stony Brook Southampton Hospital. "They are a strong presence in the Village of Southampton and our hospital is thrilled to have their generous support of personal protection equipment at this critical time."

The LISVH at Stony Brook University is a 350-bed skilled nursing facility that also operates a 40-registrant medical model Adult Day Health Care program. It is one of 157 State Veterans Homes in the United States and Puerto Rico. The LISVH operates under the auspices of Stony Brook Medicine and remains one of only nursing homes in the country that is fully integrated into the health and educational mission of an academic medical center. Since opening its doors in October 1991, the Long Island State Veterans Home has provided care to Long Island's veterans. For more information, please call 631-444-VETS.

Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, which is a Stony Brook University Hospital campus, is staffed by approximately 250 physicians, dentists, and allied health professionals. The sole provider of emergency care on the South Fork provides a wide variety of clinical services, encompassing primary medical care, specialized surgical procedures, such as orthopedics and bariatrics. For more information, visit southampton.stonybrookmedicine.edu.

Sydney Braat is a Hamptons-raised and NYC-living journalist. She enjoys splitting her time between the bustling city life and relaxing atmosphere of the Hamptons. When she's not writing, Sydney is traveling. She thrives off of new experiences, cultures, cuisine, and languages. Sydney writes about the arts, philanthropy, food & wine, and shopping. https://www.sosydneyny.com/ sydneybraat

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