Learn all about the $300M that was to help Utica Hospitals complete their mergers. Quickly the funding became a New Hospital, and before the public had a chance to digest the news, a Downtown Utica hospital.
Political efforts, and we believe motives, have brought $300M to the Oneida County region for a new hospital. It is a State Grant, that would become $300M of statewide debt. Some have heard if it is not used to build downtown, this funding will go away.
This page will investigate these claims. Others also say, "Make no mistake, Politics has a great deal to do with this issue."
Such a statement has been made by others. However, the fact that the MVHS Board of Directors unanimously approved both St. Luke's and downtown for a new hospital, suggests this statement is unfounded.
Consider this from MVHS, " While Utica is the top location for the new facility, the feasibility of building the hospital there remains under review. In the event the downtown site proves not to be financially viable, we will move on to our second site option at the St. Luke’s campus, which the board feels will also serve the community well, Perra said." (Rome Sentinel, September 23, 2015)
We believe the Proponents of the downtown location hope they'll silence people who want a new hospital out of a (false) fear we'd loose the $300M, or they'll keep quiet, or not speakout against downtown.
Our group is not opposed to investing in the region's healthcare and not against a new hospital, just the Downtown Utica location selected by politicians! We're 4,000+ Strong At #NoHospitalDowntown and say: Just Build IT At St. Luke's!