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New Hospital = Less Beds

One concern of many residents is the reduction in number of beds in the Proposed Downtown Utica Hospital Concept. We are following this issue below.

The proposed hospital offers less beds, per MVHS's Certificate Of Need application...

June 18, 2018 - In the news, Beds By Department, lists "240 + 44 + 8 + 23," which equals a total of 315 beds. But elsewhere we've seen 373 beds? See Bed Plan At Downtown Hospital Follows Trends, where one reads...

"After studying historic patient volumes, trends in patient care and local population projections, and after checking in with its consulting firm, the Mohawk Valley Health System chose 373 as the magic number for beds in its proposed downtown Utica hospital."

March 27, 2018 - What doctor plants their career into a very small city whose population is dropping?

Head over to our MVHS C.O.N. page.

November 3, 2016 - Per Downtown hospital price tag downsized, we read...

"Some of those square-footage savings came from a decision to plan for 400 beds, not the original 430, a decision based on an assessment of local, state and national trends that show inpatient care becoming increasingly less common."

February 22, 2015 - 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. However later on, in an article about "Reducing New Hospital Costs" (they said due to a "newer examination"), the downtown concept would have only 373 Beds.

"...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."

We also need to delve into "inpatient beds" vs. "outpatient beds", but know this information via the C.O.N.... Number of Beds Proposed: 8 Coronary, 42 Intensive Care Beds, 23 Maternity Beds, 232 Medical/Surgical Beds, 8 Neonatal Intermediate Care Beds, 16 Pediatric Beds, and 44 Psychiatric Beds... totaling: 373.

July 31, 2018 - Are less beds based on most current trends, all trends? Consider...

July 23, 2018 - Lower bed count explained...

Read, Bed plan at downtown hospital to follow trends.

Information like this, plus the financial considerations for a totally new hospital (and walking away from very significant investments at both St. Elizabeth's and St. Luke's) should be made clear to the taxpayers and residents. Instead, we only hear political voices calling out for downtown, it must be downtown... or the $300M goes away! Perhaps the facts are missing as the Utica area really doesn't "need" a new hospital?

As one senior executive has reported (and as we hear from area medical staff frequently these days), "Neither hospital uses all the beds for which it is certified as more health care transitions from inpatient to outpatient."

Read New York Codes, Rules and Regulations, CRR-NY 709.2, PART 709. DETERMINATION OF PUBLIC NEED FOR MEDICAL FACILITY CONSTRUCTION, which starts by stating...

(a) The methodology will be utilized in the evaluation of certificate of need applications involving the construction or establishment of new or replacement beds in an acute care hospital and the need for acute care facilities and services... Read Complete Code

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No Studies, No Reports, thus we remain #NoHospitalDowntown