Updated 12/13/2012 07:16 PM
Medical, educational hub in works for midtown Kingston
Some exciting opportunities and advancements in Kingston could soon turn midtown into a medical and educational hub. YNN’s Alexandra Weishaupt has more on the possible future developments.
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KINGSTON, N.Y. -- Folks could soon be seeing an influx of highly educated and trained professionals living and working in midtown. Plans are in the works for the future of Kingston’s health care and the Kingston Hospital campus is the starting point.
“Whatever I can do to improve health care within the county, that’s what I’m going to do,” said Dr. Anthony Bacchi.
Dr. Anthony Bacchi, who along with two others, recently purchased the county owned Golden Hill Health Care Center, is now expressing interest in the hospital. And if everything goes according to plan, they have several ideas in mind.
Bacchi's applied to the New York State Department of Health for a license to open a 200 bed assisted living facility in the building. He’s also looking into bringing in surgical care to the ambulatory surgical center and adding a possible educational component to the campus.
“We have had in discussion with groups from New York University for dentistry to bring academically affiliated residency programs into the Kingston Hospital facility,” said Bacchi.
Kingston’s Mayor says Bacchi’s interest was unexpected. But the fact that the structure most likely won’t sit vacant has leaders feeling hopeful about the "hub."
“Big things for Kingston in terms of housing, in terms of the sales tax revenue, people would be along the Broadway corridor eating, dining and shopping,” said Kingston Mayor Shayne Gallo.
It's a transformation of the midtown district that would provide quality care and services to all residents and would boost the local economy.
“It would bring jobs, it would improve the quality of services that we provide within the county and yes, it would be a center of excellence at some point,” said Bacchi.
The state is still reviewing the Health Alliance's plan to transfer services from Kingston to Benedictine Hospital. The hospital is expected to closer its doors in about a year.