Nyack Hospital Breaks Ground on $22M Medical Village

John Jordan | December 16, 2016

Crystal Run Healthcare Expands in West Nyack

NYACK—The healthcare sector in Rockland County continues to grow. On Dec. 2nd, chief officials of Nyack Hospital and the Montefiore Health System broke ground on a $22-million “Hospital Transformation Project” that when completed will expand its emergency department and create a Medical Village at the hospital, which began operations in 1895.

In another major healthcare project in Rockland County, Crystal Run Healthcare opened its new state-of-the-art $33-million new West Nyack offices in August.

Nyack Hospital President and CEO Mark Geller, MD
Nyack Hospital President and CEO Mark Geller, MD

A host of state and local dignitaries were on hand for both events. On Dec. 2, Nyack Hospital President and CEO Mark Geller, MD presided over the groundbreaking ceremony for the hospital’s expansion project. In addition to Steven M. Safyer, MD, president and CEO of the Montefiore Medicine, and other hospital officials, also in attendance were: New York State Senator. David Carlucci, Rockland County Legislature Chairman Alden Wolfe, Nyack Mayor Jen Laird-White and Town of Clarkstown Supervisor George Hoehmann.

The Nyack Hospital Transformation Project will entail the construction of a two-story addition that will, when completed in 2018, house an expanded Emergency Department and a Medical Village. Hospital officials stressed that the expansion will not involve any additional beds to the 375-bed community acute care medical and surgical hospital that is affiliated with the Montefiore Health System.

Project specifics include a 16,300-square-foot addition and a reconfiguration of a total of 23,300 square feet of existing space that consists of the lobby and current Emergency Department. The completed project will double the size of the Nyack Hospital Emergency Department to 26,000 square feet. The department will feature a separate fast-track urgent care center, a new rapid assessment area, a private behavioral health assessment unit, large trauma treatment bays, a dedicated imaging suite with a CT scanner and an integrated decontamination room. In 2015 there were nearly 60,000 emergency room visits to Nyack Hospital, making it one of the busiest emergency departments in the Hudson Valley.

Nyack Hospital Care Transformation Emergency Department Entrance
Nyack Hospital Care Transformation Emergency Department Entrance

The Medical Village will house a 7,800-square-foot multi-specialty outpatient services center to include primary and specialty care providers and community-based support services from local service organizations, hospital officials stated. The center will also offer non-emergent transportation to and from appointments with providers and organizations in the Medical Village and other services provided by Nyack Hospital.

The initiative is the largest health care capital project for Nyack Hospital since the construction of a 19,600-square-foot Cancer Center in 1999.

“The future of healthcare at Nyack Hospital is here,” said Dr. Geller. “The Transformation Project will revolutionize our healthcare delivery system by integrating access to primary, emergent, specialty and community-based care for all, including the underserved and most vulnerable members of our community.”

New York State announced earlier this year that Nyack Hospital had been awarded $17,754,586 for the transformation project. The funding comes from the State Department of Health’s Capital Restructuring Financing Program and Essential Health Care Provider Support Program to support the Delivery System Reform Incentive Program (DSRIP), the main mechanism for investing the $7.3 billion in Medicaid savings that resulted from the groundbreaking waiver between New York State and the federal government in 2014. The Nyack Hospital Foundation also raised more than $4.5 million for the expansion project.

Crystal Run Healthcare’s West Nyack project received more than $13.1 million in state DOH funding as well.

Montefiore’s Dr. Safyer praised DSRIP as a “true partnership with the state and the federal government to transform the healthcare system in New York State.” In that vein, he noted, “I think most symbolically and most importantly this (project) is not 100 new beds. This is about care for the community that is needed and it is about preventing admissions. Yes, you need emergency rooms, but more importantly you need sub-specialty care, primary care and support systems in that community to keep every person out of the hospital when they don’t need to be in a hospital bed.”

Rockland County Legislature Chairman Wolfe said the project will enhance healthcare in the region and also “fits squarely with our economic development vision in Rockland County, bringing construction, administrative and professional jobs to our community.”

In August, chief officials of Crystal Run Healthcare were joined by a host of dignitaries for the opening of its new West Nyack medical facility.

Among the more than 250 people who attended the event included Town of Clarkstown Supervisor George Hoehmann, New York State Assemblyman Kenneth Zebrowski, New York State Senator David Carlucci, and then President and CEO of the Rockland Economic Development Corporation Richard M. Struck.

The event signaled the official grand opening for the new, two-story, 70,000-square-foot medical facility.

Managing Partner and CEO of Crystal Run Healthcare, Hal Teitelbaum, MD, JD, MBA, said at the ceremony, “As physicians, we have a unique role to play in the healthcare system as advocates of patient welfare. That role is not an option. It’s about an oath that we took as physicians and about an obligation that doesn’t begin and end when we enter the exam room or operating room. It begins with being a part of and helping to create a high-value, sustainable healthcare system. With the opening of this new facility, more Rockland County residents will be able to receive medical care conveniently in their own community. By stemming out-migration for healthcare services, we expect that our presence here will have a strong positive effect on the hospitals in Rockland County.”

REDC’s Struck said at the event, “I join everyone in welcoming Crystal Run Healthcare to Rockland County in a very big way. This new facility that will provide easy access and a one-stop shop for healthcare epitomizes Crystal Run’s commitment to Rockland County. We believe that Rockland County every day is improving its position as a great location for new business, for job creation and tax base enhancement from business customers, and this facility is a perfect example of that.” Struck retired from the REDC in November and was replaced by Jeremy Schulman.

The new Crystal Run Healthcare facility offers primary and specialty care services as well as full diagnostic testing services, including: MRI, CT, X-Ray, Ultrasound, Echocardiography, Nuclear Cardiology, Vascular Ultrasound Women’s Imaging, including: Mammography (3D Imaging), Ultrasound, Bone Density, Stereotactic Breast Biopsy, Ultrasound Breast Biopsy and MRI Breast Biopsy.


John Jordan
Editor, Real Estate In-Depth