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Berkman proposes hospital conversion as vets’ center

Horton campus

Middletown – As more and more support surfaces for creation of a federal veterans’ center in the Mid-Hudson Valley, one Orange County legislator Sunday proposed such a facility be established at the Horton Campus of Orange Regional Medical Center.

Hospital officials are working toward development of a new hospital in the Town of Wallkill to replace both the Horton Campus and the Arden Hill Campus in Goshen.

In a letter to Hudson Valley Veterans Affairs Centers Director Michael Sabo, County Legislator Jeffrey Berkman suggested that once the new hospital is built, the Middletown campus be converted to a vets’ center.

“I think this is a location that has some outstanding advantages for a vets’ center for Orange County,” he said. “It has a great transportation system; you can take a bus, taxi, train, all to the Middletown area. It has an 18 acre site and there is parking there. And it would make it much more accessible, not only to the vets in need, but to their families as well.”

The closest vets’ centers to the Mid-Hudson Valley at present are in lower Westchester County and Albany.


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