Plan­ning Board to lead re­view of hos­pi­tal work

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Wil­liam J. Kem­ble news@free­manon­line.com

The Mary's Av­enue Cam­pus of HealthAl­liance Hos­pi­tal is to be ex­panded by 110,000 square feet.

They city Plan­ning Board will be lead agency for en­vi­ron­men­tal re­views of HealthAl­liance of the Hud­son Val­ley’s plan to ex­pand its Mary’s Av­enue Cam­pus in Mid­town.

The plan for the cam­pus, for­merly called Bene­dic­tine Hos­pi­tal, in­cludes cre­at­ing 110,000 square feet of ad­di­tional space that will fea­ture a new emer­gency cen­ter, two med­i­cal-sur­gi­cal floors, a new in­ten­sive care unit and a new en­doscopy cen­ter.

The Mary’s Av­enue project is part of a five-year HealthAl­liance plan to con­sol­i­date all of its hos­pi­tal ser­vices in Kingston into that fa­cil­ity and con­vert its other Mid­town cam­pus, on Broadway, into a “med­i­cal vil­lage.” The Broadway Cam­pus is the for­mer Kingston Hos­pi­tal.

The Plan­ning Board ex­pects to hold a pub­lic hear­ing about the Mary’s Av­enue Cam­pus expansion be­fore the end of the year.

“We’re look­ing at the De­cem­ber Plan­ning Board meet­ing for that,” said City Plan­ner Suzanne Cahill. “This is ob­vi­ously a very strong need for the com­mu­nity, not only from an em­ploy­ment level but from a ser­vice level to our com­mu­nity.”

The plan has been re­vised from drafts sub­mit­ted last year to in­crease the over­all size of the new construction.

“Most of that is to have pri­vate beds and to in­crease the clin­i­cal area,” said project en­gi­neer Dennis Lar­ios.

The cost of the project also has risen — from an orig­i­nal es­ti­mate of $88 mil­lion to a new to­tal of $133.6 mil­lion. The $88 mil­lion is com­ing from the state. The rest is to be paid for through bor­row­ing and fundrais­ing.

HealthAl­liance spokesman Gerry Har­ring­ton said there is no plan for the ad­di­tional needed money to come di­rectly from HealthAl­liance’s par­ent com­pany, Westch­ester Med­i­cal Cen­ter Health Net­work, but he said HealthAl­liance’s af­fil­i­a­tion with the down­state com­pany gives the lo­cal op­er­a­tion more bor­row­ing power.

Lar­ios said the expansion of the Mary’s Av­enue Cam­pus will force the elim­i­na­tion of the site’s long­time he­li­pad.

“There’s just no room to keep it there right now un­less they put it on the roof, which [would cost] a mil­lion-and-a-half dol­lars,” the en­gi­neer said. “They are go­ing to make ar­range­ments to [fly] peo­ple out from a site nearby.”

HealthAl­liance also op­er­ates Mar­garetville Memorial Hos­pi­tal in Delaware County.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.