Bon Secours Community Hospital marks first milestone in remodeling, upgrades

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Architect's rendering of new emergency department when completed.

PORT JERVIS – The new temporary emergency department at Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis is open, making way for construction of the new permanent department and Timothy Cardinal Dolan came to the city on Wednesday to bless the facility.

His eminence told those in attendance that the modernized facilities are in keeping with the teachings of the Bible.

“The church is so at home in health care because the church is supposed to continue the work of Jesus and when you read the Gospels that show us the ministry of Jesus, boy you know that most of the time, we see him healing, right?” said Cardinal Dolan.

Timothy Cardinal Dolan meets Bon Secours Community Hospital workers at a ceremony blessing the new temporary emergency department
Dr. Mary Leahy
Michael Israel

Michael Israel, president of Westchester Medical Center

Health, the umbrella organization of Bon Secours, said the completed project in Port Jervis will bring health care to a new level in the area.

“What we will have at the end of this project is an enhanced bariatric center, state of the art imaging program, and the redevelopment and space in this hospital to become the beating heart of a new medical village where community partners join us and we will all work together to offer much needed health care services and counseling for this region,” he said.

Dr. Mary Leahy, CEO of Bon Secours Charity Health System, said the hospital is the “heart of this city.”

The state has kicked in $24.5 million toward the $40 million hospital redevelopment and State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker said the re-imagined hospital will provide the latest health care services for area residents.

“It was an absolute pleasure to spend the morning with Cardinal Dolan, said Assemblyman Karl Brabenec (R-Deerpark) as he blessed the temporary emergency room. Last year, Senator Bonacic and I worked diligently to secure this grant for upgrades to Bon Secours and I am certain that they will improve the quality and access to exceptional health care in our area.”