Tuesday marked the groundbreaking ceremony for Schuyler Hospital, a member of Cayuga Health System, which kicked off the construction of a new 15,000 square foot state-of-the-art Medical Surgical inpatient unit.
Phase one of the two-part development is to be completed by July 2020. The project is being made possible by a $10.3 Million New York State Statewide Health Care Facility Program Grant that was awarded in July of 2017.
The expansion unit will include 12 large single rooms and 4 semi-private beds as well as improved monitoring. According to a press release, it will allow nurses to check each patient’s status from a central station and respond quickly to alerts signaling a change in a patients condition. With the new design, patients will be ensconced in a pleasant, healing environment with an open central space to allow unobstructed views to the private patient’s rooms. John Rudd, president and CEO of Cayuga Health System, said in the press release that the new facility is a benefit for the community.
“The improvements will provide better health care in our community and will allow our hospital’s staff to give more effective and efficient care to each patient,” said Rudd. “In addition, the growth and expansion at Schuyler Hospital benefit the entire Cayuga Health System, as we continually expand our health care role throughout the region.”
Phase two of the development will include the entire renovation of the current Medical-Surgical unit into a 9,185 square foot Primary Care Center. The new care center will be telehealth enabled and will off improved care coordination. Along with this, the new move will enhance patient care by placing the Primary Care Center to the front of the building, adjacent to the Specialty Clinic. Jim Watson, president and CEO of Schuyler Hospital, views this as a great means of improving interdisciplinary coordination for treatment.