WMC Health to Invest $170 Million In Port Jervis, Kingston Hospitals
Real Estate In-Depth | September 2016
VALHALLA—The Westchester Medical Center Health Network, which is undertaking a $230-million expansion of its facilities at its campus in Valhalla, announced earlier this month that it will be investing more than $170 million in network facilities in Port Jervis and Kingston.
“This week, we are delivering on promises we made to our neighbors in Kingston and Port Jervis to deliver the highest quality care as close to their homes as possible,” said Michael D. Israel, president and CEO, Westchester Medical Center Health Network. “With the announced projects at Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis and HealthAlliance hospitals in Kingston, we will change the healthcare and economic landscape in these cities. The projects represent facility, technology and employment investments in these areas and the people who call them home.”
On Sept. 6, WMCHealth and Bon Secours Charity Health System, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network, announced an investment of more than $40 million in Bon Secours Community Hospital and in the Port Jervis area. Elements of the Bon Secours Community Hospital renovation plan include, but are not limited to, an expanded emergency department with more than 10,000 square feet of space along with a new entrance and waiting area; an upgraded imaging suite with advanced equipment supplied by Philips, the world-leading technology partner of WMCHealth; the conversion of 36 semi-private rooms in the hospital’s medical/surgical unit into private rooms; a newly-designed bariatric center and a centrally-located pharmacy.
Additionally, Bon Secours Community Hospital will partner with local organizations such as Cornerstone Care and the Orange County Department of Mental Health Services, to offer dental, women’s health, pediatrics, behavioral health and other services. This is all part of the “medical village” concept where much-needed care options and healthy lifestyle information will be accessible to area residents in a convenient location, WMC officials stated. With its planned wellness center offering monitoring services, exercise classes, nutrition education, healthy cooking workshops and more, Bon Secours Community Hospital will be the hub of the “village” that also will be populated with community partners offering similar healthcare services in nearby locations, hospital officials stated.
“With this extensive project, we are proud to begin the process of transforming the health outcomes of Port Jervis residents as well as those from nearby areas in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania,” said Mary P. Leahy, MD, CEO of Bon Secours Charity Health System.
On Sept. 8th, WMCHealth and HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley (HealthAlliance), a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network, unveiled plans for a five-year, $133.6 million project that includes a 110,000 square-foot expansion—highlighted by a new, four-story tower addition—and 70,000 square-foot renovation of the HealthAlliance Hospital on Mary’s Avenue in Kingston, as well as a medical village hub at HealthAlliance Hospital’s Broadway Campus.
The new, 437,000 square-foot HealthAlliance Hospital will boast 141 all-private patient rooms (201 total) and a nearly 25,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art emergency center, along with a new surgical concentration that will include an advanced medical imaging center, two computer-enhanced inpatient surgical suites, a same-day surgery unit, an expanded post-surgical recovery unit and an advanced endoscopy services center, along with a new birthing center and a pharmacy.
The new HealthAlliance Hospital effort on Mary’s Avenue and the resulting consolidation of all HealthAlliance inpatient and emergency services in that hospital are the first part of a $133.6 million, five-year “Healthy Neighborhood Initiative” project. The project will also redevelop the current HealthAlliance Hospital: Broadway Campus into a “medical village”—an innovative focal point for the city’s health and related needs.
Next steps for both projects include the submission of certificates of need to the New York State Department of Health and presentations to the planning boards for the cities of Kingston and Port Jervis. After all city and state approvals, construction for the Bon Secours Community Hospital project in Port Jervis is expected to start in the spring of 2017 with the start of the HealthAlliance: Mary’s Avenue Campus project in Kingston planned for the second half of 2017. Both projects are expected to be completed in 2019.
These initiatives were made possible through grants provided by the New York State Capital Restructuring Financing Program. The Bon Secours Community Hospital project received $24.5 million from the program and the multi-phased HealthAlliance project received an $88.8-million grant. The balances for these projects will be supported by WMCHealth, Bon Secours Charity Health System, HealthAlliance and capital fundraising campaigns.
Photo Caption: WMC Health plans to spend more than $40 million in upgrades to the Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis.