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Middletown Community Health Center to move to Touro College campus

MIDDLETOWN – Plans to relocate the Middletown Community Health Center to the O&W Railroad Station in Middletown have been scrapped, but

the healthcare organization will be relocated to the Touro College campus in the city.

Middletown had sold the vacant, rundown O&W Station, which had been the victim of two fires, to the community health center for $1 which had plans to raise the funding to restore and move into it. While the organization has secured over $3 million in state and federal funds, it needed much more, and federal tax credits, which were sought, could not be secured.

Health Center Chief Operating Officer Theresa Butler said they “will not give up” on the O&W Station as they continue to explore alternative uses.
The health center will be leasing 40,000 square feet of the former Horton Campus of Orange Regional Medical Center, the facility that houses the Touro campus, from complex owner Tony Danza.

Butler called the move to Touro a “wonderful partnership.” Many of the college’s medical students have been training at the health center already.
Health Center Chief Medical Officer Dr. Joseph Lanza said given the changing face of healthcare, the shared campus will be a benefit to all involved and the community as a whole.

Butler expects to move all of the center’s Middletown employees to the campus as well as add an unknown number of new ones.

Mayor Joseph DeStefano also praised the announcement, saying the facility is developing into a medical campus for the community.

As for the O&W Station, he said if an alternative use cannot be found, it may have to be demolished.

The Middletown Family Health Center operates 10 locations in Orange and Sullivan counties.

Dr. Jerry Camarata discusses the partnership while Health Center Chief Medical Officer Dr. Joseph Lanza, Mayor Joseph DeStefano
and Common Council President Miguel Rodrigues listen



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