Mohawk Valley Health System sees new start for region’s health care

Published Feb 23, 2018 at 12:00pm

The Mohawk Valley Health System says it has been given an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity as it goes about building a new integrated health care campus in Utica, to transform health care for the community and better serve Oneida, Herkimer and Madison counties as well as the surrounding counties. 

In March 2014, Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare, St. Elizabeth Medical Center and their affiliates came together and created MVHS. The affiliation was applauded by the state Department of Health and in April 2017, it was announced that MVHS had been awarded the $300 million Health Care Facility Transformation grant to create an integrated health care delivery system in Oneida County. 

MVHS looks to improve health care in the community with a new, state-of-the-art facility in downtown Utica that will serve the many surrounding areas.

The new 672,000-square foot, 373-inpatient bed hospital will replace the St. Elizabeth Medical Center campus, built in 1917, and the St. Luke’s campus of FSLH, built in 1957. The estimated cost of the project is $480 million with a projected completion date of 2022.

This new campus consolidates patient services including emergency, acute care, cardiac care, stroke and maternity to one facility and will support improved quality, patient experience and convenient access.

It will also eliminate the need for physicians in specialty practices such as orthopedics, neurosurgery, pulmonary and more, to cover two campuses. 

The new hospital will feature all private rooms, which encourages healing, promotes confidentiality and reduces the risk of infections.

In November, MVHS released a site plan and outline of its planned campus. In collaboration with the MVHS outreach team, architects had been working since May to advance the site plan and design for the health care complex. Together, the group engaged more than 2,000 community members to obtain feedback and guidance regarding the design of the new hospital and its integration with the surrounding downtown area. 

The team also met with workgroups from departments within MVHS in order to ensure the needs of staff will be met as they care for patients.

The medical campus is being designed from the inside out to ensure the space functions in a way that allows the staff to provide the best care possible to its patients, says MVHS.