At Stony Brook, we practice what is known as patient and family centered care. At its heart, the care we deliver revolves around your individual needs. This translates into one-to-one teaching from nurses, clear communication from doctors and staff, and openness to questions, a respect for your rights and a collaborative approach to decision making. Just as important, we invite you and your family onto the care team. We see you as both our partner in care and the most important person on the team. We take this approach not only because it is the right thing to do, but because it is the proven path to better care. Involved, informed and educated patients are healthier patients.