Engel Statement on Montefiore Plans to Close Mt. Vernon Hospital and Open New Facility

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Congressman Eliot Engel is the U.S. Representative for New York’s Congressional District 16.

MOUNT VERNON, NY —October 15, 2019 — Congressman Eliot L. Engel issued the following statement:

“Recently, my office was alerted to plans by Montefiore to close the Montefiore Mount Vernon Hospital and open a new $41 million facility on Sandford Boulevard. In response to this news, I spoke yesterday with Montefiore President Steve Safyer who confirmed these plans, which are set to take roughly 14 months to complete, and he assured me that the current hospital will remain open in the interim. I made clear to Dr. Safyer that the health care needs of the community must be the top priority for Montefiore, and I requested more details regarding how they plan to deliver care to Mount Vernon residents. I also suggested that Montefiore hold community meetings to explain their plan and that they reach out to every elected official in the area to hear our concerns. I feel strongly that community input and transparency are critical to this development. Many parts of Southern Westchester and the north Bronx are already considered medically underserved. We need to make sure this move does not exacerbate the issue. I eagerly await more details from Montefiore.”

The present 121-bed hospital located near Mount Vernon City Hall will be replaced by a 40,000 square foot health care complex situated on Sanford Boulevard. Montefiore expects construction to be completed by the end of 2020. The Department of Health must still approve the planned development.

The hospital will be replaced by the emergency department and medical offices for primary and specialty care. Patients who need to be admitted for a hospital stay will be treated at other facilities.

Montefiore Chief Strategy Officer Lynn Richmond Advised: “Our new site puts patients first, reflects best practices in health care and ensures Mount Vernon residents have high-quality care for years to come.”

Crain’s New York Business noted, ”The Mount Vernon project will be funded, in part, through a grant from the Statewide Health Care Facility Transformation Program, which provides money to organizations to modernize their facilities, expand their services, pay off debt or become more financially sustainable.

“Services at the new center will include primary care, mental health care, specialty care, pediatrics, chronic disease management, wound care and imaging services. Its emergency department will include equipment for cardiac diagnosis and monitoring as well as an X-ray machine and CT scanner.”

 

SOURCE: Bryant Daniels | Communications & Deputy District Director | Congressman Eliot L. Engel

 

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