Lo­cal health care an­nounce­ment due to­day

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

Ei­ther Gov. Cuomo or Lt. Gov. Hochul is ex­pected at the Mary's Av­enue Cam­pus of HealthAl­liance Hos­pi­tal.

An an­nounce­ment re­gard­ing lo­cal health care is to be made this morn­ing at the Mary’s Av­enue Cam­pus of HealthAl­liance Hos­pi­tal, ac­cord­ing to Gov. An­drew Cuomo’s of­fice.

Ei­ther Cuomo or Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul is ex­pected at the event, HealthAl­liance spokesman Gerry Har­ring­ton said Wednesday.

The gover­nor’s of­fice said in an email that the an­nounce­ment will be made at 11 a.m., but it did not elab­o­rate and did not re­spond to a re­porter’s re­quest for de­tails.

The an­nounce­ment could be about HealthAl­liance’s ap­pli­ca­tion to the state to ex­pand the com­pany’s Mary’s Av­enue Cam­pus and turn its Broad­way Cam­pus into a “med­i­cal village” that would house var­i­ous out­pa­tient med­i­cal ser­vices and ed­u­ca­tional ser­vices.

HealthAl­liance filed that ap­pli­ca­tion 13 months ago. A ma­jor com­po­nent of the pro­ject would be build­ing a new emer­gency med­i­cal area at the Mary’s Av­enue Cam­pus (for­merly Bene­dic­tine Hos­pi­tal) be­cause the one at the Broad­way fa­cil­ity (for­merly Kingston Hos­pi­tal) would be shut down.

The Kingston Plan­ning Board has ap­proved HealthAl­liance’s plan to ex­pand the Mary’s Av­enue Cam­pus by 110,000 square feet.

The work at the two cam­puses is an­tic­i­pated to cost $133.6 mil­lion, of which HealthAl­liance al­ready has been awarded about $89 mil­lion from the state Depart­ment of Health’s Cap­i­tal Re­struc­tur­ing Fi­nanc­ing Pro­gram.

Of the $133.6 mil­lion, $112 mil­lion is to be used for the Mary’s Av­enue site and $21.6 mil­lion would be de­voted to the med­i­cal village.

HealthAl­liance be­came part of the Westch­ester Med­i­cal Cen­ter Health Net­work in early 2016.

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