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Geneva General project receives approval

GENEVA—Geneva General Hospital announced they have received approval for a $55 million expansion and modernization project from New York State Hospital Review and Planning Council.
The major project is designed to reconfigure and modernize many hospital departments and enhance the facility’s ability to meet the health care needs of the community. Included in the project will be replacement of the Emergency Department, new operating room suites and Surgical Services area, a new Intensive Care Unit and expanded and modernized Cardiology and Radiology departments. Also in the plan is a new Medical/Surgical Unit that will achieve a 100 percent private room complement. There will be 94,000 square feet of new construction and 43,000 square feet of renovations.
The reconfiguration of multiple hospital departments will enable the hospital to locate the new Finger Lakes Health College of Nursing (RN) program and the Marion S. Whelan School of Practical Nursing (LPN) program in the same building. The Nursing Education Center will graduate more than 50 highly skilled professionals per year.
Original planning for the project began in 2007 with a start date in 2010. Hospital spokesperson Loree MacKerchar said the state and national situation as well as the impact of proposed health care reform will be taken into account as plans progress.
The project will be of interest to Yates County residents who receive services from Finger Lakes Health. MacKerchar said Soldiers & Sailors Hospital in Penn Yan still offers some surgical care, mainly ambulatory surgery, and the local hospital has a 25 bed acute unit. The current capital project at Soldiers & Sailors coupled with the Geneva project will provide extensive access to medical care for area residents.

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