Our group has had multiple converstions about St. Joseph's hospital in Syracuse. We were told to go to Syracuse, so we did. Perhaps a great hospital inside and with $300M in recent improvements, but the surrounding neighborhood was totally uninspiring.
They offered many excuses, but just look at St. Joseph’s Hospital. Founded on “Prospect Hill” in Syracuse, just outside their downtown’s Central Business District footprint, right where it remains and grows today...
1869 - Old saloon and dance hall purchased for a 15-bed hospital by a small group of Franciscan Sisters.
1897 - Surgical wing added.
1898-1900 - Starts nursing school, rents house down block for nurse housing.
1923-1926 - Original part of hospital is abandoned and new 5-story hospital opens.
1947-1950 - Former 1897 surgical wing demolished and new 170-bed, 5-story, $2M expansion completed.
2009 - Ground is broken for a $220M expansion including; new emergency services building, operating rooms, intensive care unit, private patient rooms and a new data center.
2018 - $32M investment allows opening a new 45,000 square foot Cardiovascular Care Center, complete with "Care Flight" rooftop a medical helipad.
2019 - Construction begins on 5-story, 391-car parking garage.
Why would Utica walk away from St. Luke's and our Oneida County Medical District?
June 13, 2019 - New story states, Developer Seeks Tax Deal Worth $7M For Hotel At St. Joseph's Hospital. Comment section below this news story are interesting! One shows that Hospitals Eat Into Neighborhoods. What were Nice, Historic, Homes until the hospital grew further-and-further out of scale with it's surrounding neighbors.
February 6, 2019 - St. Joseph is expanding again, permit for construction at North Townsend & East Willow Streets.
January 1, 2019 - Syracuse receives site plans and related documents, for a new St. Joseph's Hospital Parking Garage. Specs: 54.5 ft tall, 125.5 ft x 241.5 ft, 391 cars (31,232 s.f.). Located with block encompassed by; Prospect Ave, Hickory St, N. Townsend, and E. Willow Streets.
December 12, 2016 - This past summer, on two occasions, I walked around St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center, Syracuse NY Hospital looks new after a 2011 expansion. However, it's surrounded by blight, vacant and partially vacant properties and generally a low quality neighborhood - on all sides! These are my pictures from June. Read more...
June 8, 2017 - Downtown Utica should not become a place where this happens. Read more...
September 25, 2017 - Looking at area hospitals, and the non-profit (MVHS) seeking 2/3 of our Downtown Utica - and 30-year of payments from taxpayers - for their proposed hospital parking garage! Why didn't Basset and St. Joseph's get to apply for the $300 million? Read more...
January 4, 2018 - Good this Syracuse hospital CEO used a picture from "far above" the hospital to accompany this misleading article in today's newspaper. Read more...
January 17, 2018- Christine Deyo Martin one of our community leaders and entrepreneurs who has invested heavily in our downtown learned a very important lesson, don't simply listen to what "they" say, investigate for yourself. Read more...
June 29, 2019 - St. Joe’s is suing 46 of its doctors, physician assistants and nurse practitioners in three lawsuits. Read more...
We went to Syracuse, we did not see anything that inspired us to support a Downtown Utica hospital.
July 10, 2019 - Syracuse's hospitals are not "in" their downtown, Syracuse didn't bulldoze a key neighborhood in the middle of the city to build a new hospital either...
Sadly @CityofUtica has it ALL wrong. Not only was/is the @MVHealthSystem #SEQR process corrupt, their information used to support a downtown hospital is faulty. For example they say "downtown hospitals", sorry none support their claims, learn more at https://t.co/3F2Y2apcvy pic.twitter.com/vpzWkRlVsg— #NoHospitalDowntown (@NoHospitalDwtn) July 10, 2019
And critically important to note, while maybe lots of jobs on their insides, Hospitals Are Not "Activators"!
January 18, 2018 - Great hospital care, not so great neighborhood...
Dear supporters of the Downtown @MVHealthSystem Utica hospital concept, here's your reality... https://t.co/iDmYnxXNZq please support #NoHospitalDowntown we're 3,000+ and growing fast! pic.twitter.com/EJnTBCyQla— Brett Truett (@BrettTruett) January 18, 2018
Urban hospitals DO NOT revitalize downtown neighborhoods!
January 4, 2018 - In today's Utica newspaper, an outsider writes to the Observer-Dispatch. Mr. Luke is very new, so what sense has he developed for the St. Joseph's neighborhood surrounding the hospital?
We welcome Mr. Luke to Upstate! However we'd like to ask, does he live just blocks away from St. Joseph's and walk to work? How often has he left the hospital to grab lunches and dinners within the surrounding neighborhood? Learn more about Utica's latest urban planning expert; Leslie Paul Luke named 14th President & CEO of St. Josephs.
Today's newspaper: feel good, but disingenuous, story/response to our request for "urban hospitals that revitalized downtown neighborhoods". While we work on a complete response, please offer your next benchmark @MVHealthSystem pic.twitter.com/PSn1UyXbEh— #NoHospitalDowntown (@NoHospitalDwtn) January 4, 2018
Our group has traveled to Syracuse, has received fine treatment within this hospital's walls. We walked around the Surrounding Neighborhood Of St. Josephs, it did not support our vision for Downtown Utica, which is here at BetterUticaDowntown (BUD)
Crisis since VERY ill-informed politicians selected VERY poor economic development model. Mr Picente can't see it, his "Vision 2020" fail! pic.twitter.com/QF7tiAHupN— Brett Truett (@BrettTruett) December 13, 2016