The HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley results from a union between two Kingston hospitals – Benedictine Hospital and Kingston Hospital.
In 2009 the HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley formed after recommendations from the Commission on Health Care Facilities in the 21st Century. The Commission on Health Care Facilities in the 21st Century completed a review of the state’s health care capacity and recommended the restructure of New York’s hospitals and nursing homes. In a report by the Commission on Health Care Facilities in the 21st Century, the commission cited a dual problem in Ulster County – too many hospital beds and a large amount of out-migration. In response, the commission proposed a historic solution resulting in a new model of community health care. Benedictine Hospital and Kingston Hospital were merged in order to –
- reduce duplicate services and out-migration;
- provide access to specialized services and amenities while enhancing clinical technologies;
- enhance recruitment and retention of medical professionals; and
- enhance the financial viability of both organizations.
Benedictine Hospital and Kingston Hospital were proactive throughout the process. A year before the commission published its report, the hospitals had drafted a memorandum of agreement that would establish a unified governance structure.
Rather than a conventional merger, the historic agreement, resulting from the Commission on Health Care Facilities in the 21st Century, established a realignment that created a parent corporation knows as HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley®. The goal of the locally governed health care network is to effectively integrate affiliated health care organizations and services across the continuum of patient care, and thereby serve the present and future health care needs of all people in the region.
Since then, reimbursements have consistently declined and more community members have become under or uninsured due to the economy. Market forces have led many procedures previously performed in hospitals to be performed in outpatient settings, such as ambulatory surgery centers, physician offices, free-standing ancillary centers. Healthcare reform and enhanced technology will continue to reduce the length of hospital stays. According to a recent report from Moody’s Investors Service, these factors are only expected to get worse for non-profit hospitals in the foreseeable future.
HealthAlliance, as conceived over much of the last decade, is evolving to fit the current and future environment. In May, 2012, HealthAlliance announced that it is exploring options for transforming its Benedictine and Kingston Hospital campuses into a single, full-service secular hospital in Kingston. The Benedictine site was chosen as the optimal solution because of physician choice and more room for future expansion or modification. HealthAlliance has been engaged in an ongoing dialogue with state officials on important issues such as patient service continuation and access to capital for facilities upgrades to accommodate the plan.
Effective February of 2013, Benedictine and Kingston Hospitals were renamed HealthAlliance Hospital: Mary’s Avenue Campus and Broadway Campus, respectively. Both campuses will continue to operate in Kingston until state approvals have been received and construction at the Mary’s Avenue campus is complete.
The HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley system is comprised of Mary’s Ave Campus, Broadway Campus, Margaretville Hospital, Mountainside Residential Care Center and Woodland Pond at New Paltz.