$88.8M Earmarked for Hudson Valley Medical Village
- Mar 08, 2016
The state of New York has awarded HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley $88.8 million to transform its Mary’s Avenue Campus in Kingston, N.Y., into a single, state-of-the art hospital and to redevelop its Broadway Campus into a medical village.
“This is transformational for HealthAlliance, as it’s an endorsement of our plan to ensure high-quality healthcare in Ulster County,” Josh Ratner, HealthAlliance’s chief strategy officer, told Commercial Property Executive. “We’ve come up with a concept to develop what the community needs.”
Currently, HealthAlliance operates two hospitals in the area, a quarter-mile a part from one another.
“While we’ve tried to minimize duplication of services and reduce costs, at the end of the day there’s a lot of overhead that’s not necessary,” Ratner said. “This plan allows us to get all of our services into one hospital, creating a single campus for hospital care, and at the same time redevelop what was previously a hospital into a medical village.”
Now that the funding is set, plans will get underway for the campus transformation, expected to be the most comprehensive construction and facilities renovations and conversions in the 122-year history of the two hospitals.
“The biggest challenge was the funding and now that we have that, ultimately it’s going to come down to making sure we can execute each of the components that we’ve laid out to the state and we feel very confident that we can do that,” Ratner said. “We’ve talked to over 130 individuals and organizations to get support and feedback, and for us, our main focus is to execute on the plan.”
Expected next steps include Kingston Planning Board approval of HealthAlliance’s architectural and construction plans and a state Department of Health certificate of need approval. Ratner said Phase I is expected to take two years and will include the build-out and renovation of the Mary’s Avenue Campus, which will provide technologically sophisticated surgical, diagnostic and therapeutic services for acute and critical care inpatients, and house an emergency department.
Phase II would be to redevelop the Broadway Campus into the medical village, which should take another two years, and will include primary care, behavioral health and other support services. Additionally, HealthAlliance will offer a new Outpatient Center for Rehabilitative Care and other facilities.
All current HealthAlliance services will remain available throughout the transformation.