A quick concept for new hospital facility and connected medical office building (MOB)? Okay, if this is what the region needs, build it at St. Luke's and keep developing downtown as BUD suggests: BetterUticaDowntown. No businesses get kicked aside, historic streets and buildings are saved; the Columbia Lafayette Neighborhood is "hot property" and ripe for further development!
"The health system filed a certificate of need application for the transfer of St. Elizabeth Medical Center’s assets to Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare last month at the direction of an employee of the New York State Health Department, Scholefield said. But it just withdrew the application after another health department employee told the health system not to file the 577-page document — which is filled with financial data that will need updating — until a year before the hospital is expected to open, he said."
...and "Another unresolved issue is the fact that workers at the health system’s two campuses belong to two unions. They will have to consolidate into one union with a common contract before the new hospital opens. “The unions are still contemplating what the next steps are. I’m not involved with that. That’s internal union conversation,” Scholefield said.
Plus, not one campus, but four campuses... The now withdrawn certificate of need application says that St. Elizabeth will continue as an outpatient facility. That’s because the campus includes two buildings expected to continue in use — the St. Elizabeth College of Nursing building, which also contains a sleep lab and a physician office building, Scholefield explained. It also describes the St. Luke’s Campus as a second hospital location for the health system. Scholefield said that’s because its Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, which contains an inpatient rehabilitation unit, will continue to operate — the only inpatient unit that won’t be relocated to the new hospital building. Some health system medical offices may also remain in a building on the St. Luke’s Campus,, he [Scholefield] said.
So much for consolidation and integration. One might wonder, was the only plan really just to destroy Downtown Utica? Oh and we learn too, MVHS don't own the land yet! Of the "affected property owners... eight are still in negotiations... Four property owners are not negotiating," he said.
January 22, 2018 - Sounds like MVHS remains on shaky ground, delays, questions, and few solid answers...