News Release: Leading Healthcare Facility Developer Makes Strides on New York Project

Hammes Company and Mohawk Valley Health System making strides toward the new downtown hospital

Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) is developing a new, regional healthcare campus project in downtown Utica, N.Y. (Rendering courtesy of Hammes Company)

Hammes Company, the nation’s leader in healthcare building strategies, is making strides with the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) on the new, regional healthcare campus project in downtown Utica, N.Y.

MVHS selected Hammes Company as the project manager in January of 2017 for its new $480 million, state-of-the-art replacement hospital, making it one of only three new hospitals built in New York State in more than 20 years. In this role, Hammes Company is assisting MVHS with the building strategy, programming, budgeting, scheduling, land acquisition and overseeing the project through occupancy.

In collaboration with Hammes Company is the architectural firm NBBJ and Turner Construction Company. MVHS and members of the design team have been working closely together since May advancing the site plan and design. Late last year, Hammes Company led teams of medical staff, nurses, support staff and executives from the MVHS on a tour of healthcare facilities that enhanced patient experience through technology and space usage.

“We value the team collaboration and partnership with Mohawk Valley Health System,” says Nancy K. Connolly, Senior Vice President at Hammes Company. “Hammes Company is excited to be part of this transformational project with MVHS. The MVHS system is committed to the local and regional communities they serve and that commitment is paramount in this process. We are honored to deliver the vision of the doctors, community and healthcare leadership, and to serve the healthcare needs of this region for many decades to come.”

Members of the public have been engaged since the beginning stages of the planning process. Members of the public were invited to learn more about the site plan and get a project update at a Community Forum in December 2017.
MVHS submitted a Certificate of Need (CON) application in early November, which required 30 percent of the hospital design be complete. The design process will continue through October 2018.

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Mohawk Valley Health System was awarded a $300 million Health Care Facility Transformation grant in April 2017 from the New York State Department of Health to create an integrated healthcare delivery system in Oneida County. Construction will begin in early 2019. Upon completion in 2022, the new healthcare campus will continue the rebirth of downtown Utica by drawing several thousand healthcare workers every day to a thriving health district. The new hospital will offer inpatient and outpatient care, emergency services, imaging, surgery, obstetrics, and psychiatric care, among other services.

Hammes Company has been ranked by Modern Healthcare as the No. 1 healthcare facility developer for 16 years. Hammes has managed in excess of 57 million square feet of complex new, expansion, renovation, replacement, ambulatory care, and acute care projects with a value of more than $23 billion for hospitals and health systems nationwide. Hammes has extensive experience managing the planning, financing, development, construction, leasing, and management of non-acute and acute healthcare facilities. Hammes has helped many of the nation’s leading healthcare organizations plan, implement and manage facility strategies and solutions for more than a quarter of a century. The company delivers measurable results that help healthcare providers grow while meeting the unique health and wellness needs of their communities. Headquartered in Brookfield, Wis., Hammes provides services through a network of regional offices strategically located across the United States.

Mohawk Valley Health System

MVHS is an integrated, non-profit healthcare delivery system that includes St. Elizabeth Medical Center (SEMC) and Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare (FSLH), serving Oneida, Herkimer, and Madison counties in New York State. In 2017, MVHS saw 684,922 patient visits throughout the system. It serves the region with a number of services, including the region’s only Level II Special Care Nursery and nationally recognized Stroke Center. SEMC is recognized as one of the first hospitals in the nation to receive a Blue Distinction Center+SM designation in the area of cardiac care, and Bariatric Surgery Program has been reaccredited as a Comprehensive Center under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program. In 2016, MVHS renovated its Radiation Oncology Department and added the new Varian Edge Linear Accelerator Suite at the Faxton Campus. The new linear accelerator allows the Cancer Center’s team to deliver radiation treatment to patients with even greater precision and minimal radiation to the surrounding tissues.

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