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St. Peter's Health Partners announces plan to improve health care in Troy

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Improving access to health care in Troy. That's the goal of a new Masters Facilities Plan announced by officials with St. Peter's Health Partners. Lori Chung has more.

TROY, N.Y. -- St. Peter's Health Partners has outlined a Master Facilities Plan they say will improve access to health care in Troy.

The $150 million project is expected to drastically change the way Samaritan and St. Mary's hospitals operate in Troy. Leaders of the St. Peter's Health Partners shared the details of the three phase development project Thursday. It's expected to take place over the next 13 years.

They want to build a new five story medical pavilion on Samaritan's campus that would be dedicated to inpatient care. At the end of the project, St. Mary's will give up inpatient care and focus on ambulatory services or outpatient services.

These two hospitals have served Troy and Rensselaer County for decades, but officials say they both operate at just 60 percent capacity due to the way the health system has changed over the years.

"This particular project is going to better size the number of inpatient hospital beds in Rensselaer County.Sso we get a size of the health care system that will better match what we think really the needs are ultimately for the community," said Dr. James Reed.

"It just doesn’t make sense to have two buildings that are older buildings operating at 60 percent capacity as opposed to creating one new one that operates much more efficiently, updated infrastructure," Norman Dascher said.

Leaders say they don’t expect the new system to change the number of jobs, but responsibilities may be adjusted. And while the project is expected to be completed by 2025, it is still in the beginning stages and now they have to start fundraising to get started.

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