"Proposed" Downtown Hospital "Concept"


We've asked, and many other people have asked: What's So Wrong With St. Luke's? The public

Proposed Downtown Hospital Concept

They stated their downtown concept would be "connected to nature" as a design tactic, but then they went back and changed the story. Oh well the link is now gone, yet if connecting to nature was a goal then St. Luke's easily beats Downtown Utica...

November 25, 2017 - First lies were told about area just being "crushing blight", and only a "few" or "several" businesses. They ignored us when we listed of 40 businesses, but the truth was eventually going to come out...

November 17, 2017 - The downtown concept has been revealed! We show how their concept easily fits onto the St. Luke's campus...

Nothing can make this look good, its just a Sea Of Parking, but here are the news links on MVHS's and NBBJ Healthcare's hospital concept unveiling:

WRVO: Downtown Utica hospital site plan unveiled
WIBX 950: MVHS Unveils Site Plan For Downtown Utica Hospital
Rome Sentinel: Officials unveil site plan for downtown Utica hospital
Spectrum News: First Look At Site Of Utica's Futrure Downtown Hospital [Concept]
WKTV: MVHS unveils partial hospital site plans
CNY Homepage: Downtown Hospital Site Plans
Oneida Dispatch: Designing An Integrated Healthcare Campus In Utica
Politico (Subscription required): MVHS Releases Site Plan For New Utica Hospital

October 15, 2017 - To those arguing that the St. Luke's Campus is not in Utica, please use Google Maps...

July 29, 2017 - Why has the true impact area never been shown and explained to Utica-area residents? Learn for yourself, take a look at the "Utica slow roll" by viewing the Changing Map of the Downtown Utica Hospital District.

May 19, 2017 - Why Utica-area politicians never talk about, or seem to care, that their downtown concept is more honestly a billion dollar concept...

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May 16, 2017 - Taken from a presentation given to the Oneida County Legislature, look at those who created and or backed the ill-conceived downtown hospital concept. Who knew first, when did these others become informed? We have so many questions for these people and companies...

Let the record clearly show, residents and taxpayers of the hospital system's service area were not listed, and were the last to know.

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July 8, 2017 - Who would own the new hospital land and buildings? Seems it could be a private for profit company, seeking to make money for investors. Does this make healthcare more expensive?

August 8, 2017 - The hospital has been called many things, but in the end it would only be an "inner-city hospital district", within a poor city. The folks at MVHS love to call it a health or medical campus, but they're only hoping to make it sound nicer. Regardless of the label, we've had a hard time understanding the Changing Downtown Utica Hospital Concept Maps

Currently Utica's hospitals are certified to have 571 patient beds, but are only staffed for 400 beds. Initial reports of a new hospital designed with 420 Beds, but to save costs (they said due to newer examination, the downtown concept would have only 373 Beds.

In a money saving effort, (or trouble borrowing maybe?), we learned:

"A parking garage — with an estimated cost of $27 million — was taken out of the plan. The garage is essential, but health system officials believe that third-party ownership of the garage makes sense."

"...plans, though, are likely to allow for future flexibility by including a “shell” for a nursing unit with up to 30 more beds, an enclosed space that can be built into a unit if needed in the future."

"And some savings might come from building nonclinical care areas to a different, cheaper code."

So someone else will, "own the garage" (but see below, taxpayers now said to pay for it!)? They'll build an "empty shell", and "build to a cheaper code"! Wow, is this really a healthcare transformation?

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May 14, 2017 - CEO Perra says there are missing figures, like a $70-75M new IT System...

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June 11, 2017 - Is the architect building a case for his MVHS bulldozers?

They're on a fool's errand, as time will prove...

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September 13, 2017 - We have been told "cost are about the same" (MVHS CEO Perra, April 2, 2016) and "Since $300M is only for downtown, we didn't even study the cost for the St. Luke's campus" (MVHS COO Scholfield, May 2017)

February 20, 2017 - We wonder how good their numbers are? They've never told us of all the costs, so maybe like this project, Utica will run out of money and new hospital problems would become common UticaOD headlines...

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They say "no site yet selected", but that's not what we've been told...

Three campuses consolidating into one, that's doesn't seem to be the case either. Lawsuits ahead because urban renewal is not the answer for Downtown Utica, and a new downtown hospital not the region's healthcare solution.

May 6, 2016 - A Sinking Feeling? Research offers an empirical study of the relationship between real estate prices and distance from the nearest hospital. It shows that hospitals are what the author calls "semi-obnoxious" amenities: you want to be near one, but not too near, because of hospital noise and traffic.

As shown in #DowntownUtica Map, a hospital would impact prices within the blue area. Actually the circle should be larger, since the hospital could occupy a sizeable area, and the critical distance should be measured from the edge of the facility. Plus, nobody knows the size or shape they've imagined- let's hope that the Mohawk Valley Region never finds out!

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Consider Lansing Michigan: In 2004 a Hospital Bed Standard Advisory Committee went to work to develop a plan. Take a look at just one meeting and their 69 pages of minutes (PDF). Did our local Utica hospital board perform such an in-depth audit? We don't have any indication that they did, and yet they have picked their top site in downtown Utica!

Here in Utica citizens are told of a new hospital coming to downtown by way of a newspaper headline. Zero community input, very limited or no communication with property owners in the sited area. Next, citizens questioned the parcel size shown in the paper; it's reported to be a 34 acre site, yet that area is only 12.5 acres! After a newspaper correction, and follow-up story, the site is reported to be 17 acres, but the parcel didn’t change. Two months later Utica has no idea where these 34 acres are.

Read about and see the Changing Downtown Utica Hospital Map, we've updated with another map that shows the Utica Observer-Dispatch had another map, but still not a full disclosure: Changing Downtown Utica Hospital Map, Rev3.


#NoHospitalDowntown is not anti-new hospital, we simply do not want a hospital in Downtown Utica. Here's Why We Oppose The Downtown Utica Hospital Concept and Many Agree!

We're building a Utica Hospital Timeline

No Studies, No Reports, thus we remain #NoHospitalDowntown