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Date Published: Tuesday, December 13, 2022
Date Updated: Tuesday, December 13, 2022

New York State and WMCHealth Usher in New Era of Healthcare in Ulster County with Opening of Reimagined HealthAlliance Hospital

Lieutenant Governor Antonio Delgado Attends Ceremonial Opening Event; Emergency and Other Hospital Care Services Begin December 14

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KINGSTON, N.Y. (December 13, 2022) - Today, Lieutenant Governor Antonio Delgado joined community influencers and Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth) leadership for a ceremony celebrating the scheduled December 14, 2022, opening of the new HealthAlliance Hospital on Mary's Avenue in Kingston, N.Y.

Highlights of the new HealthAlliance Hospital include a new, two-story, 79,000-square-foot building adjoining the hospital's legacy structure, as well as a full renovation of 48,000 square feet of the previous hospital environment.

The new HealthAlliance Hospital also has a newly constructed 25,000-square-foot emergency care center as well as a new, modern, family birthing center, and a new intensive care unit with many of today's latest medical technologies, provided through WMCHealth's technology partnership with Philips. The new HealthAlliance Hospital will also serve the community with emergent and preventive solutions for blocked arteries, irregular heartbeats and coronary heart disease in a new, advanced service cardiac catheterization laboratory.

Total cost for the HealthAlliance Hospital expansion and enhancement project: $113 million.

"We are immensely proud to deliver this state-of-the-art new hospital, fulfilling our long-term commitment to transform the quality of care for residents in the Hudson Valley," said WMCHealth President and Chief Executive Officer Michael D. Israel. "I want to thank New York State for their tremendous support and helping champion an important investment in the health of this community, as we further our commitment to provide the highest level of care for patients across our entire network, locally and close to home."

"The health of every New Yorker depends on a strong, stable, and equitable health care system, and that includes investing in state-of-the-art medical facilities," said New York State Governor Kathy Hochul. "With support from our state's Capital Restructuring Financing Program, the newly renovated HealthAlliance Hospital will boost access and essential healthcare services for residents of the Kingston area. We will continue to ensure that New Yorkers receive the high-quality healthcare they deserve, and we remain committed to building the health care economy of the future."

"Our doctors, nurses, and healthcare professionals deserve state-of-the-art technology to serve their communities," said New York State Lieutenant Governor Antonio Delgado. "This project is an investment that will continue to serve the people of the Hudson Valley for years to come."

"There should be no hurdles in accessing quality, local, state-of-the-art healthcare for Hudson Valley residents, and the significant expansion of Kingston HealthAlliance Hospital moves us toward that shared vision for health equity," said New York State Senator Michelle Hinchey. "The loss of healthcare services across upstate New York is an issue that demands action, and I thank WMCHealth for turning this moment into an opportunity to bring more healthcare, new services, and cutting-edge medical technologies to Ulster County through this exciting hospital expansion."

"With the investment of over $100 million into accessible healthcare right here in heart of our city, the needs of our growing community are being seen and met," said Steven T. Noble, Mayor, City of Kingston. "I want to thank Governor Hochul, WMCHealth, and our community, for rallying behind this investment in local healthcare while also ensuring the adaptive reuse of the former Kingston Hospital campus on Broadway. My role as Mayor is to make sure that my residents have the services they need to live a vibrant, healthy life and that is not possible without a well-funded, well-staffed hospital system. I look forward to opening this next chapter of healthcare here in Kingston and want to thank all of the dedicated healthcare workers who serve our residents each and every day."

New Hospital Operations
Emergency medicine and other patient care services will begin at the new HealthAlliance Hospital December 14 at 7 a.m. After that time, all community members seeking HealthAlliance Hospital emergency care services should proceed to the new HealthAlliance Hospital at 105 Mary's Avenue, Kingston.

WMCHealth's Healthcare Advancement Plan for Ulster County
The expansion and enhancement of HealthAlliance Hospital was the initial component of a two-phase, Ulster County healthcare advancement plan initiated by WMCHealth, in cooperation with New York State, to consolidate the operations of the two HealthAlliance Hospitals in Kingston.

In the next phase of this plan, WMCHealth will convert HealthAlliance Hospital on Broadway into a walkable health village, where HealthAlliance Hospital workforce members will collaborate with community partners to deliver preventive and primary healthcare services as well as lifestyle counseling. WMCHealth projects the new walkable health village will open for care in 2025.

The total cost of the Ulster County projects is expected to be $134.9 million, with $88.8 million coming from the New York State Capital Restructuring Financing Program.

About Westchester Medical Center Health Network
The Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth) is a 1,700-bed healthcare system headquartered in Valhalla, New York, with nine hospitals on seven campuses spanning 6,200 square miles of the Hudson Valley. WMCHealth employs more than 13,000 people and has nearly 3,000 attending physicians. The Network has Level I (adult and pediatric), Level II and Level III trauma centers, the region's only acute care children's hospital, an academic medical center, several community hospitals, dozens of specialized institutes and centers, Comprehensive and Primary Stroke Centers, skilled nursing, assisted living facilities, home-care services and one of the largest mental health systems in New York State. Today, WMCHealth is the pre-eminent provider of integrated health care in the Hudson Valley. For more information about WMCHealth, visit
WMCHealth.org or follow WMCHealth on Facebook.com/WMCHealth or Instagram.com/WMCHealth.

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