Hospital plans focus of livestream
HealthAlliance officials will offer details of expansion, changes at two campuses at Freeman event
KINGSTON >> Two top officials with HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley will participate in a Freeman livestream event next week to detail plans for expansion and changes at two city hospital campuses.
David Scarpino, HealthAlliance’s chief executive officer, and Josh Ratner, the com- pany’s chief strategy officer, will participate in an Oct. 10 livestream from the Freeman office. The livestream will begin at 11 a.m.
The Freeman will stream video of the event on its website. Members of the community can send questions for participants in advance to pkirby@ freemanonline.com.
The livestream will focus on HealthAlliance’s plan to turn the Broadway campus, formerly
Kingston Hospital, into a medical village, to expand its Mary’s Avenue facility, formerly Benedictine Hospital, and to launch the “Healthy Neighborhood Initiative.”
“We’re excited to outline our plans for HealthAlliance Hospital, medical village and “Healthy Neighborhood Initiative,” Scarpino said in an email. “That initiative, to us, is a game-changer, not just for HealthAlliance, but also
for Kingston and the surrounding region.”
Added Scarpino, “It’s a strategy we’re developing with the Kingston city government and with schools in the ‘educational corridor’ between the two HealthAlliance campuses. The idea behind it is to invest in the critical areas of education, redevelopment and community health so Kingston and environs will create jobs in the near term and retool the economy for the long haul.”
The application for the Mary’s Avenue expansion will be considered by the Kingston Planning Board
at an Oct. 17 meeting at City Hall.
In September, HealthAlliance announced plans to consolidate its two hospitals and expand the scope and size of its Mary’s Avenue campus to include a 110,000-square-foot expansion.
The five-year plan includes creating the additional space at the Mary’s Avenue campus, which will feature a new emergency center, two medical-surgical floors, a new intensive care unit and a new endoscopy center.
The plans also includes turning HealthAlliance’s
Broadway campus into a medical office village. The plans for the medical village are not mentioned in a narrative submitted to the city’s Planning Office.
Gerry Harrington, a HealthAlliance spokesman, has said the company is focused on the Mary’s Avenue project at this point. Once the approval process is completed, the company will submit the medical village plan.
Scarpino has said the $133.6 million investment would create a healthier community, improve the quality of services delivered
to patients and be an “economic driver” for the region. He said approximately $112 million of the funding would be used for the work at the Mary’s Avenue Campus, with the balance of $21.6 million devoted to the medical village on the Broadway campus.
Westchester Medical Center Health Network, which has its flagship hospital in Valhalla became the parent company of HealthAlliance in late March. That was just a few weeks after HealthAlliance was granted $88.8 million by the state to consolidate
hospital services at its two Kingston campuses into the Mary’s Avenue site and turn the Broadway Campus into a medical village, comprising various outpatient medical services and educational venues.
Scarpino said the additional funding to pay for the expanded project would come from Westchester Medical Center Health Network, HealthAlliance and a capital fundraising campaign. He said $2 million of that has already been provided by the Benedictine Health Foundation.