Stony Brook Southampton Hospital Renames H.I.V. Medical Center After Edith Windsor

Edith Windsor was an advocate for the L.G.B.T.Q. community. Donna Aceto

Stony Brook Southampton Hospital is renaming the David E. Rogers, M.D. Center, which provides comprehensive H.I.V. medical and mental health care to East End residents, the Edith Windsor Center.

Edie Windsor, a gay rights activist who was a part-time Southampton resident until her death last year, led the charge in striking down the Defense of Marriage Act.

“By celebrating Edie’s life and work, we will heighten awareness of the center’s current mission, as well raise funds for program expansion and a move to Hampton Bays,” said Steven M. Bernstein, the chief development officer and president of the Southampton Hospital Association. “Edie was a beloved activist within the L.G.B.T.Q.+ community and dedicated her life to advocating for social justice.”

With the new Edith Windsor Center will come the creation of a new annual award to celebrate an individual who best exemplifies Ms. Windsor's commitment to fighting oppression. The first award will be presented during the 2019 Edie’s Backyard BBQ, an annual Memorial Day weekend benefit. The award recipient will be selected by a committee of appointed leaders and influencers "who are dedicated to eradicating discrimination," the hospital said.

The center's medical team of H.I.V. specialists care for patients from the initial diagnosis of H.I.V. through all stages of illness with state-of-the-art care. No one is denied care for lack of financial resources.

The Rose Walton Care Services will continue to be the primary focus of the Center and deliver comprehensive outpatient medical and mental health care and support services to people living with H.I.V./AIDS, and also offer H.I.V. testing and pre-exposure prophylaxis services to people at risk and provide education and outreach to the community. The programs are supported by grants and donations.