Hos­pi­tal seeks OK to ex­pand, con­sol­i­date

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Paul Kirby pkirby@free­manon­line.com paulat­free­man on Twit­ter

HealthAl­liance of the Hud­son Val­ley has asked state of­fi­cials to ap­prove a $133.6 mil­lion ex­pan­sion plan at its two hos­pi­tal cam­puses in the city.

Lynn Ni­chols, di­rec­tor of mar­ket­ing for HealthAl­liance, said last week the com­pany has sub­mit­ted an ap­pli­ca­tion for a “cer­tifi­cate of need” for ap­proval by the state De­part­ment of Health.

“HealthAl­liance sub­mit­ted its cer­tifi­cate of need ap­pli­ca­tion to the state De­part­ment of Health Sept. 22,” Ni­chols said in an email. “The de­part­ment said it would ‘ex­pe­dite’ its re­view of all awards granted un­der the state’s Cap­i­tal Re­struc­tur­ing Fi­nanc­ing Pro­gram.”

HealthAl­liance has been awarded $88.8 mil­lion from that state pro­gram to help pay for con­sol­i­dat­ing hos­pi­tal ser­vices at its two Kingston cam­puses into the Mary’s Av­enue site and for turn­ing the Broad­way Cam­pus into a “medical vil­lage,” com­pris­ing var­i­ous out­pa­tient medical ser­vices and ed­u­ca­tional venues.

The Kingston Plan­ning Board is to be­gin its re­view of HealthAl­liance plans to ex­pand the Mary’s Av­enue cam­pus at its Oct. 17 City Hall meet­ing at 6 p.m.

In Septem­ber, HealthAl­liance an­nounced its fiveyear plan for con­sol­i­da­tion and a 110,000-square-foot ex­pan­sion of its Mary’s Av­enue cam­pus.

The ex­pan­sion in­cludes 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 have not been sub­mit­ted to the Plan­ning Board.

David Scarpino, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer and pres­i­dent of HealthAl­liance, 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 has 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, N.Y., be­came the par­ent com­pany of HealthAl­liance in late March.

Scarpino has said the ad­di­tional fund­ing to pay for the ex­panded project would come from Westch­ester Medical Cen­ter Health Net­work, HealthAl­liance and a cap­i­tal fundrais­ing cam­paign.

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