Hospi­tal ex­pan­sion to get city re­view

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

Ex­pan­sion plans for HealthAl­liance of the Hud­son Val­ley’s hospi­tal on Mary’s Av­enue will be re­viewed by the city Plan­ning Board in De­cem­ber.

Ac­cord­ing to the city’s Plan­ning Of­fice, the Plan­ning Board could de­clare it­self lead agency at a meet­ing sched­uled for Dec. 12 at 6 p.m. at City Hall on Broad­way.

HealthAl­liance has been awarded $88.8 mil­lion from a 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.

In Septem­ber, HealthAl­liance an­nounced its five-year 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 for the med­i­cal vil­lage on Broad­way have not been sub­mit­ted to the Plan­ning Board.

David Scarpino, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer and pres­i­dent of Health Al­liance, has said the to­tal $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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