HealthAlliance to detail city hospital plans
Officials to discuss changes in Freeman livestream today
KINGSTON >> Two top officials with HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley will participate in a Freeman livestream event this morning 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 application for the Mary’s Avenue expansion will be considered by the Kingston Planning Board at a meeting at City Hall next Monday. 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.