Information about the new hospital proposed for downtown Utica has been posted on the Mohawk Valley Health System website, according to an announcement by the healthcare system.
Using a question-and-answer format, there’s information about the plan to replace two inpatient facilities, Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare and St. Elizabeth Medical Center, with one new hospital, the system’s announcement adds..
The website address is www.mvhealthsystem.org.
-- What led to the decision to build a new hospital?
-- Why are we building? Why not just add on to St.Elizabeth and Faxton St. Luke’s?
-- What process did the MVHS directors use to choose the downtown site?
There will be periodic updates, according to the announcement from the Mohawk Valley Health System.
Earlier this year, the MVHS board has picked a site of about 34 acres between Oriskany and Columbia streets in Utica.
The directors will continue to explore the downtown option as long as it proves to be financially viable. If that is not the case, a second site option is the St. Luke’s campus in New Hartford.
The intent is to combine all inpatient services to one location as well as the departments that support inpatient care, like pharmacy, nutrition, and physical and occupational therapy.
MVHS says it is most likely that certain departments such as the Cancer Center, Center for Rehabilitation and Continuing Care Services, and the St. Elizabeth College of Nursing will remain at off-site locations.
In early 2015, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that the state budget included $300 million for the proposed new Utica-area hospital. The state funding will pay for only a portion of a new facility, according to the MVSH.