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EDITORIAL: Future of hospital properties at issue

Posted 8/3/22

We applaud that The Genesis Group of the Mohawk Valley Region conducted a public survey requesting input from the community about what should be done to St. Elizabeth Medical Center and Faxton St. …

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EDITORIAL: Future of hospital properties at issue

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We applaud that The Genesis Group of the Mohawk Valley Region conducted a public survey requesting input from the community about what should be done to St. Elizabeth Medical Center and Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare when the Wynn Hospital is complete.

As of now, the future of the two hospitals is unknown.

What is certain, according to Mohawk Valley Health System’s website, both St. Elizabeth Medical Center and Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare will shut down upon completion of the new downtown hospital.

So, what’s next?

“We thought that it was time to give the people of the community the opportunity to offer their ideas and their suggestions,” said Raymond Durso Jr., president and CEO of The Genesis Group. “We are a civic organization, we represent the community. We like to say that we are a voice of the community, and we wanted to offer that opportunity to business and community leaders and residents alike.”

Over a 10-day period, the group received 75 responses offering suggestions on what MVHS should do with both properties.

For St. Elizabeth Medical Center, 2209 Genesee St., suggestions included either renovating or demolishing the building to provide residential housing, assisted living, a corporate and business center, a public safety and courts complex, a VA hospital or a public park.

For Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare, 1656 Champlin Ave., suggestions included converting the hospital into a nursing home and dementia care facility and many suggestions to offer the property to Utica University.

A detailed summary of suggestions received by The Genesis Group can be found on its Facebook page at facebook.com/thegenesisgroupmv. Durso has provided the suggestions to MVHS.

MVHS has stated from the beginning that it’s vital to find buyers and developers for the properties.

Whatever is decided, it’s gratifying to see that public comment is under study.

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