River Hospital expands budget — and renovation goals

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ALEXANDRIA BAY — River Hospital has expanded its ambitious renovation plans after a state grant nearly doubled the budget.

In July, the hospital was awarded a New York State grant of $9.5 million toward the Hope and Healing campaign for essential hospital upgrades and improvements — a grant which requires a $4 million funding match.

Thanks to fundraising and community donation, hospital Executive Director of Development Stephanie Weiss says the campaign is already over halfway to its funding match goal.

“We are thrilled to announce that this support from (the state) has helped us clarify our fundraising goal, and that our community has already gotten us past the $2 million mark,” Ms. Weiss said in a public statement.

“We invite everyone who cares about the future of River Hospital to be a part of the campaign and make a gift today to get us over the finish line and secure the Hospital’s future.”

Along with an expanded budget, plans to renovate to hospital’s facilities and services have also grown.

Added improvements include:

n The addition of a second operating room for the Ambulatory Surgical Unit on the second floor of the facility.

n Relocating radiology to be adjacent to emergency services, and moving the more mobile laboratory and cardiopulmonary services to the lower floor.

Replacing the existing facility’s outdated steam pipes, originally installed in the 1950s.

n Allowing for capital purchases to support River Hospital with thorough necessary upgrades, new equipment and up-to-date technology.

These additions will supplement the hospital’s original plans to renovate and restore the existing hospital building and convert the 22,000-square-foot historic former Monticello hotel building, donated to the hospital earlier this year, into a medical office building.

The medical office building will also hold integrated primary and behavioral care and physical therapy. The integrated primary and behavioral health care facility will replace five modular units installed for temporary use in 2007.

The main hospital structure will see the emergency department expand from five to eight patient bays, and the creation of a separate ambulance entrance, a decontamination area and a patient-access area.

Renovation plans recently got several boosts from philanthropic families along the river.

William and Jean Berry and R. Stephen and Peggy Hale donated a combined $100,000 to the capital campaign and will have the Emergency Department triage room named after them in honor of their generosity.

“Their support for the triage room in our Emergency Room is especially meaningful for all of us at River Hospital as this is the site where we have first contact with many of our patients,” River Hospital CEO Ben Moore III said in a public statement last week.

Monday, the hospital announced a family-owned local business, the Garlock Firm, had donated $50,000 to the project. The registration area in the main hospital building will be named for the company.

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