HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley has won an $88.8m fund under the capital restructuring financing programme award to transform its Mary’s Avenue Campus in Kingston into a single hospital and Broadway Campus into a ‘medical village’.

Subject to approvals from Kingston Planning Board and a state Department of Health certificate, the construction plan of the new expanded HealthAlliance Hospital is said to offer technically enhanced surgical, diagnostic and therapeutic services for acute and critical care admitted patients.

It will create an emergency department (ED) which will feature expanded capacity and new life-saving equipment to enhance their readiness to cater to emergency cases.

The new ED is said to include an enlarged fast track walk-in care centre, which will cater to patients afflicted with minor illnesses and injuries but need to be attended to on an emergency basis.

HealthAlliance president and CEO David Scarpino said: "These advancements, including the new and expanded emergency department with its fast track programme, will be designed for walk-up accessibility and urgent timeliness so staff can focus on providing patient-centred care, which has consistently been shown to improve patient health outcomes."

The medical village is expected to give an easy access to the healthcare facilities for the local community.

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The plans of its community partners are underway to provide primary care, behavioural health and other support services and for HealthAlliance to offer a new outpatient centre for rehabilitative care and other facilities.

"The transformation is part of a broader initiative for a competitive, revitalised inner city."

The new hospital facility is said to be integral for the new ‘healthy neighborhood initiative’ which is taking shape by collaborating with the educational and training institutions located between the two campuses, with city and county officials, and with community organisations and healthcare providers.

HealthAlliance board Chairman Thomas Collins said: "It also provides Kingston with a landmark opportunity to become a best-practice model for other cities in New York struggling with similar issues.

"The transformation is part of a broader initiative for a competitive, revitalised inner city."

The medical village is expected to be opened in phases within the next two years after getting the approvals.

Image: An artist’s impression of the newly developed hospital village. Photo: courtesy of PRNewsFoto / HealthAlliance of the Hudson Va.