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Cahill: HealthAlliance project announcement “welcome, but overdue”

KINGSTON – This week’s announced plans for the development of the Mary’s Avenue Campus of HealthAlliance Hospital in Kingston is “welcome, though overdue, news,” Assemblyman Kevin Cahill said Wednesday.

The hospital announced plans for the modernized and expanded facility to be scaled back from a 200-bed hospital to 175 beds with a two-story building. Cahill said that is “disappointing” as well as parent company Westchester Medical Center’s “failure” to immediately move forward with plans for its medical village on the Broadway campus.

Cahill said while other health care entities the likes of HealthQuest and CareMount continue to expand their facilities in Ulster County, “it behooves WMC and HealthAlliance to double down on their relationship with our community.”

The long-time lawmaker said a “good start” would be to place more area leaders on the boards of the HealthAlliance and Westchester Medical Center.  That is “particularly important with the announced retirement of HealthAlliance CEO and President David Scarpino.”

Cahill said he welcomes the appointment of Westchester-based Robert Ross to oversee the hospital, “but the loss of specifically dedicated community-based leadership points to an even greater need for local input at the highest policy level.”

 


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