State approves big hospital project in Kingston

HealthAlliance CEO David Scarpino holds a rendering of the new Mary’s Avenue campus at a planning board meeting in early 2017 as HealthAlliance COO Joe Marsicovete looks on. (File photo by Dan Barton)

New York State has approved a $92 million expansion of HealthAlliance’s Mary’s Ave. campus.

Plans call for the construction of a new four-story tower which will add 110,000 square feet to the Mary’s Ave. (formerly Benedictine) hospital’s 327,000-square-foot footprint. The tower will have more than 200 total beds, of which 140 will be private, and a new emergency department, intensive care unit and medical-surgical tower. The facility will also include an advanced medical imaging center, two computer-enhanced inpatient surgical suites, a same-day surgery center, an expanded postsurgical recovery unit and an advanced endoscopy services center. A new Family Birth Place center along with a new main entrance and welcome center will also be constructed.

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HealthAlliance plans to centralize all hospital services at the Mary’s Ave. campus and while transforming the campus of the former Kingston Hospital into a “medical village” for outpatient services. That part of the plan hasn’t been approved yet. The entire project was estimated at $133.6 million.

Of the total, $88.8 million of the multiphase project’s funding will come from the New York State Capital Restructuring Financing Program, with the balance coming from WMCHealth, HealthAlliance and a capital fundraising campaign.

Hospital officials expect to complete the Mary’s Ave. hospital by 2020.

“We’re thrilled to have received approval for this important project from the Department of Health,” said HealthAlliance president and CEO David Scarpino in a statement.

Plans were first announced in September of 2016.

“When the renovation is complete, Kingston will be home to one of the most impressive and technologically advanced community hospitals in the nation,” Scarpino said at the time.

Hospital officials said the expansion was made possible by HealthAlliance’s affiliation with Westchester Medical Center, inked earlier in 2016.

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