(Middletown, NY) – Orange Regional Medical Center has received a $24 million grant from the New York State Department of Health to retire existing debt. Debt retirement is a requirement to move forward with the new hospital project.
Orange Regional was one of twenty-three hospitals and seven nursing homes around the state that were notified that they will receive $362.3 million in total to assist them in complying with the mandates of the Commission on Health Care Facilities in the 21st Century, known as the Berger Commission. Funding for the grants was made available through the Health Care Efficiency and Affordability Law for New Yorkers (HEAL NY) and the Federal-State Health Reform Partnership (F-SHRP).
Orange Regional President & CEO Scott Batulis said, “This is terrific news for our community. The $24 million grant will help us retire existing debt and move soundly forward with the new hospital project.” Orange Regional Medical Center proposes to replace its two existing hospitals in Goshen and Middletown with a new 374-bed hospital, the first construction of its kind in New York State in more than 25 years with a total project cost of over $350 million. When completed in 2011, Orange Regional’s new seven-floor hospital will be the largest medical center between the Tappan Zee Bridge and Albany and will reduce the need for patients to seek treatment outside of the region.
Located on 61 acres on East Main Street near the Route 17 and I-84 interchange in the Town of Wallkill, the new facility will feature a state-of-the-art, patient-centered hospital where the highest quality healthcare will be easily accessible. In addition to the programs, services and centers of excellence currently available on both existing campuses, the 600,000-plus square-foot medical campus will offer:
– accessible and ample parking
– all private patient rooms
– an Emergency Department with 50 treatment bays for varying levels of emergencies
– spacious operating suites
– wireless infrastructure to accommodate the latest Healthcare Information Technology
– open design spaces that will accommodate future technologies, patients and visitors
This new facility will support Orange Regional’s mission as a not-for-profit hospital, guaranteeing care to its patients regardless of their ability to pay. The hospital’s web site, www.ormc.org, features more information about the new hospital, including a list of frequently asked questions and a feedback form where the public can submit questions or comment on the project.