HealthAl­liance of­fi­cials to de­tail hos­pi­tal plans

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS - Free­man staff

Two top of­fi­cials with HealthAl­liance of the Hud­son Val­ley will par­tic­i­pate in a Free­man livestream event Mon­day to de­tail plans for ex­pan­sion and changes at two city hos­pi­tal cam­puses.

David Scarpino, HealthAl­liance’s chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer, and Josh Ratner, the com­pany’s chief strat­egy of­fi­cer, will par­tic­i­pate in a 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 may send ques­tions for the par­tic­i­pants in ad­vance to pkirby@free­manon­

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.”

Scarpino has called the plan “a game-changer, not just for HealthAl­liance, but also for Kingston and the sur­round­ing re­gion.”

The idea, he said, “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, he said, 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, N.Y., 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.



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