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March 10, 2016
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

Upstate awarded $70.6M grant to build ambulatory care center

SYRACUSE, N.Y.— Upstate Medical University has been awarded a $70.6 million grant through New York’s Capital Restructuring Financing Program and Essential Healthcare Provider Support Program to build an ambulatory care center that will house primary care, behavioral health and specialty services, and a variety of other patient care services designed to support a patient’s transition from acute medical care facilities back into the community.

Officials say the project addresses the identified need to expand access to and integrate primary care and behavioral services, which are dispersed through the city, into a single location. The building will also house innovative services designed to keep people from requiring hospital admission or Emergency Department care.

Currently, patients can access Upstate specialty outpatient services in nearly a dozen locations in and around Syracuse.

“This center will be designed to transform the way Upstate delivers its outpatient care,” said Upstate University Hospital Chief Executive Officer John McCabe, MD. “By bringing these services together under one roof, and connecting with multiple community partners, we will provide patients with access to interdisciplinary care and support services designed to promote health and decrease hospital admissions and Emergency Department use. We appreciate the state’s support of this important project.”

The project design is consistent with the goals of Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) Program that calls for a statewide reduction of emergency department visits through an expansion of primary care and behavioral services, among other goals.

Preliminary plans show that the proposed ambulatory care center is to be 250,000 square feet in size and will most likely be located in the parking lot across the street from the hospital’s main entrance, off East Adams Street. Upon approval of formal design plans, Upstate officials say construction on the facility could begin within 18 months.

The development of an ambulatory care center is especially important for Upstate, which is one of the region’s largest safety net hospitals, as it will improve access to services for Medicaid and uninsured patients.

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