Hospi­tal has five-year plan to build new fa­cil­ity

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Mid-Hud­son News Net­work

The cur­rent El­lenville Re­gional Hospi­tal build­ing is 50 years old and does not meet the needs and re­quire­ments of to­day’s health­care, so of­fi­cials have be­gun plan­ning to con­struct a new 80,000-square-foot build­ing on the hospi­tal cam­pus.

The planned build­ing would be roughly 25 per­cent larger than the cur­rent struc­ture. Hospi­tal Pres­i­dent Steven Kel­ley es­ti­mates it will cost be­tween $40 mil­lion and $50 mil­lion to build and, while it would con­tain the same num­ber of 25 in-pa­tient beds, space for out-pa­tient ser­vices would be greatly ex­panded. Kel­ley said plans for rais­ing the nec­es­sary fund­ing will in­clude seek­ing funds from state law­mak­ers, as well as the state Health De­part­ment, and lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions, busi­nesses, res­i­dents and staff. El­lenville Re­gional is one of the few hos­pi­tals in the re­gion that re­mains in­de­pen­dent. Its service area in­cludes the El­lenville-Wawars­ing area of Ulster County, as well as por­tions of Sul­li­van and Orange coun­ties.

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