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Vassar Brothers Breaks Ground On $500M Patient Pavilion Project

An artist's rendering shows the Vassar Brother Medical Center's new $500 million patient pavilion. Ground was broken for the project Monday, Sept. 12. It is scheduled for completion in 2019. Photo Credit: Artist's Rendering
Attending the groundbreaking were, from left: Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison, County Executive Marc Molinaro, Sen. Sue Serino, Health Quest officials Robert Friedberg and Greg Rakow and Vassar Brothers president Ann McMackin. Photo Credit: Provided

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie broke ground Tuesday on its $500 million patient pavilion project.

Construction is expected to begin in two weeks and the 696,000-square-foot facility is scheduled to open in 2019.

The ground-breaking ceremony took place at the rear of the medical center’s campus and was attended by more than 300 community leaders, residents and medical center VIPs and employees.

Medical center president Ann McMackin said hospital officials see the project as “so much more than just a new building.”

“It’s a symbol of the renewed economic growth in Dutchess County and the mid-Hudson Valley,” she added.

The project will change how patients experience health care, McMackin said, adding, “that transformation begins right here, right now.”

Designed by architectural firm CallisonRTKL, the patient pavilion includes a spacious lobby, emergency department and trauma center with 66 treatment rooms, state-of-the-art operating suites, a 30-bed critical care unit, 264 private patient rooms, a rooftop helistop, a 300-seat conference center and a café.

During construction, the public can get a first-hand look at what the interior of the building will look like. A realistic model of the new facility will be open from 2-5 p.m. Wednesdays at the medical center, 60 Livingston St.

The medical center is the flagship of Health Quest. Along with the Poughkeepsie facility, Health Quest includes Northern Dutchess Hospital in Rhinebeck and Putnam Hospital Center in Carmel. Those hospitals are complemented by Health Quest Medical Practice, a physician group of more than 265 providers across the region, covering Dutchess, Ulster and Putnam counties.

It also covers two urgent care locations and affiliates including the Thompson House, a 100-bed skilled nursing facility on the Northern Dutchess Hospital campus, Health Quest Home Care and The Heart Center, a provider of cardiology services.

For more information, call (845) 554-1736 or e-mail jnelson2@health-quest.org .

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