Montefiore St. Luke’s Cornwall
Receives Whopping $11.9M Grant
By Edie Johnson
In an overflowing lobby of area dignitaries, hospital staff and executives, CEO Joan Cusack-McGuirk could not contain her joy. Gleaming, she shouted “Woo Hoo”, as she gave the community she has served for decades the news that the state of the art community healthcare system she and her team have worked for is finally coming to full fruition. Cusack-McGuirk said “Finally, no one will have to leave our community to receive top quality specialty care.” Cusack-McGuirk emphasized “We began this hospital as a ‘hub’, but it’s a wheel with many spokes.” “Our ‘community,'” she said, “includes all of the surrounding towns, villages and supportive services including Cornerstone, Horizon, Crystal Run, all of my hospital colleagues and, of course, the staff. Bricks and mortar …bricks and mortar, are fine. But boots on the ground are what gets it done. Our staff is family!”
The money comes from the New York State Department of Health as part of the Statewide Healthcare Facility Transformation Program. Senator James Skoufis, who worked very hard in Albany to get the grant, thanked Cusack-McGuirk “for her leadership, and her relentless effort, which will finally fulfill the vision and bring our community into the 21st Century.” They thanked Governor Andrew Cuomo for his support as well.
Senator James Skoufis worked hard in Albany to obtain the grant.
Vice Chairman of Montefiore St. Luke’s Cornwall
The SHCFTP dollars will be used specifically to create:
- An Open Access Primary Care Center, which will treat patients in need of immediate primary or episodic care during expanded hours including walk-ins.
- A Fully Equipped Imaging Suite, providing necessary outpatient evaluations.
- Multi-Specialty Medical Practices, such as Thoracic surgery and Hepatobiliary surgery.
- An Expansion of the Main Blood Bank and Laboratory, to include an expansion of existing space to allow for outpatient bloodwork.
- Additionally, renovations will also be made across the campus to reveal a more modern aesthetic.
Cornwall Town Supervisor Richard Randazzo
County Executive, Steve Neuhaus, Orange County Sheriff Karl DuBois and DA David Hoovler were also present for the event, along with Cornwall Supervisor Richard Randazzo, Cornwall-on-Hudson Mayor Brendan Coyne, and Village of Washingtonville Mayor Joe Bucco.
“This is truly going to be cutting edge, state-of-the-art and a model for the rest of the state of New York. In this process,” said David Potak, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors, “This is Health Care transformation at its finest. It’s an evolutionary process.” Over the past year the campus has already added to a thriving outpatient center. The funds will be used to further expand MSLC’s Cornwall campus with the inclusion of an Open Access Primary Care Center, Imaging Suite, Multi-specialty Physician Offices, Radiation Oncology, Rehabilitative Services, Outpatient Dialysis, Wound Care, Sleep and Pain Management and Specialized Laboratory as well as necessary renovations to further advance technologies and guest services. will bring Montefiore St. Luke’s Cornwall up to a full State-of-the-Art Open Access Primary Care Center.
(Video of the actual press conference will be up later this evening.)
(Photos by Edie Johnson)