Deaconess Health System officials say a major expansion at the Gateway Hospital campus in Newburgh will "change the face of health care" in the region. The $135 million project is expected to create an estimated 200 healthcare jobs. The work includes a six-story Orthopedic and Neuroscience facility on the north side of the campus. Deaconess says space has become a prime concern and the hospital has frequently turned patients away in recent years.
"There’s a significant amount of demand, especially on the campus that we’re building this currently and that’s what caused delays in getting patients in and failure to accept patients from outlying facilities because we’re full," said Shawn McCoy, chief operating officer for Deaconess Health System. "The fact that the baby boomers continue to age and continue to want these procedures of hip replacements, knee replacements (and) spinal procedures, we see that (demand) continuing as that demographic ages."
Deaconess will also build a five-story, 100,000 square-foot medical office building which will house Deaconess Clinic physician offices and related services, such as laboratory and imaging. The project also includes a 631-space attached parking garage and an expanded energy center. Deaconess says the current energy center’s square footage, equipment and utility distribution line capabilities would not be able to serve a new tower.
The project is expected to take about two years to complete, with the Orthopedic and Neuroscience Hospital expected to open in spring of 2018.
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Deaconess Health System Chief Operating Officer Shawn McCoy says the new specialty hospital will fill a need in the Tri-State.