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Carthage Area Hospital begins construction on new hospital site

By Eric Reinhardt

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Carthage Area Hospital says construction has started on the first phase of a $45 million project to build a new hospital and health clinic. (PHOTO CREDIT: Carthage Area Hospital website)

CARTHAGE, N.Y. — Crews have started construction on the first phase of Carthage Area Hospital’s $45 million new hospital and health-clinic project.

The work started during the first week of June, the hospital announced. 

The effort started with crews building a new road to town specifications, which will provide future access to the new campus. The road will extend beyond the hospital’s assisted-living facility, Meadowbrook Terrace, which is located at 21957 Cole Road in Carthage. 

The work will also include extending infrastructure to the site. Once the road and infrastructure are complete, crews will place a temporary clinic structure on the site. The clinic will serve as a “walk-in” clinic similar to an urgent-care center. 

The Lundy Group of Companies and GYMO will complete design and construction for this phase, which should be finished by the end of July.

The hospital will apply for a rural health clinic (RHC) designation for the structure. Carthage Area Hospital cited the website ruralhealthinfo.org as indicating that the RHC program is intended to increase access to primary-care services for patients in rural communities.

“This is an exciting time for the hospital. It’s the first step in a multi-phase project which will ultimately lead to the replacement of the entire campus. This project is not only important for the continued success of the hospital but will also have a positive economic impact on the community,” Rich Duvall CEO of Carthage Area Hospital, said in a news release.

New York’s regional economic development council initiative in 2018 awarded the hospital project $3 million. The hospital is also pursuing a $25 million grant from the New York State Department of Health’s statewide health care facility transformation program. 

About Carthage Area Hospital

Established in 1965, the nonprofit Carthage Area Hospital operates today as a 25-bed hospital, serving about 83,000 residents in Jefferson, northern Lewis, and southern St. Lawrence counties. The hospital in 2017 formed a clinical affiliation with Crouse Health in Syracuse.

The hospital also operates a network of community-based clinics, including its Philadelphia Medical Center, Family Health Center, Pediatric Clinic, and Women’s Way to Wellness.  

Contact Reinhardt at ereinhardt@cnybj.com