February 8, 2013

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Benedictine Sisters relinquish sponsorship of hospital; united Kingston hospitals to be renamed

KINGSTON – Benedictine Hospital and Kingston Hospital will be rebranded as HealthAlliance Hospital: Mary’s Avenue Campus and Broadway Campus, respectively.  The move comes as the Benedictine Sisters have reached an agreement with the hospital to relinquish sponsorship of Benedictine Hospital.

The eventual goal is to convert the HealthAlliance into a single, full-service secular hospital without limitations on reproductive services. Kingston Hospital will be closed with all services provided at Benedictine, said hospitals CEO David Lundquist.

“This was the first of the three steps that we needed to complete the transformation into a single campus,” Lundquist said. “It is significant. It is historical and very important to the community.”

Benedictine Hospital will now be called HealthAlliance Hospital Mary's Avenue Campus. Eventually, this will the
single campus for the merged hospitals in Kingston.

HealthAlliance has chosen St. Louis-based hospital design-build firm HBE Corporation to assess current infrastructure and make recommendations on renovations to the Mary’s Avenue campus. The final project costs will be determined over the course of the HealthAlliance’s worth with the consulting firm.

Financing for the hospital upgrades will come from a variety of government and private sources.

Both campuses will continue to operate in Kingston until state approvals have been received and construction is complete.

“We have had an ongoing dialogue with state and local officials, and share a commitment to providing critical services for an underserved population,” said Lundquist.

As per the agreement with the Benedictine Sisters, they will continue to provide pastoral care services at the hospital and HealthAlliance is assisting them in establishing an off-campus residence.

Lundquist said the move to a single campus will not only improve service to the community and enhance the work environment for employees, but will also ensure long-term access to quality healthcare in Ulster County.

HealthAlliance also operates Margaretville Hospital, Mountainside residential Care center and Woodland Pond in New Paltz.


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