From media reports... the Mohawk Valley Health System unveiled the site plan for a new $481 million hospital. Design calls for; nine-story, 670,000 square foot facility, with 373 beds, multiple surface parking lots and an adjacent parking garage located on 25 acres in Downtown Utica.
Lots of problems surrounding Utica's #MVHSdowntown, one of which is their VERY false budget. Consider...
Numbers behind new @MVHealthSystem way off! Consider https://t.co/b6hrKZxdQb Elk Grove, CA: 250 beds, 475,000 sq ft at $750 million ($1,579/sq ft or $3M per bed) vs. #mvhsdowntown: 373 beds, 670,000 sq ft, $481 million ($718/sq ft or $1.29M per bed)... pic.twitter.com/n3C9kynVox— #NoHospitalDowntown (@NoHospitalDwtn) January 22, 2019
Elk Grove, CA:
December 10, 2018 - Officials deny rigging hospital site study, but who accused them?
Of course they would! Read today’s #mvhsdowntown story regarding @MVHealthSystem as #MVEDGE and @ABrindisiNY try to walk back their rigged project... https://t.co/HQ2Uf5Zu5S pic.twitter.com/Q3TP1B3n6y— #NoHospitalDowntown (@NoHospitalDwtn) December 10, 2018
Their emails make it pretty clear, Steve DiMeo and a few politicians (Brindisi & Picente) rigged hospital siting, no accusing required! Plus, MVHS CEO Scott Perra already confirmed it in April of 2017, "Our Politicians Are The Ones, Mr Tony Picente, Anthony Brindisi and Mayor Palimeir...". This was repeated a few days later by MVHS COO Robert Scholefield, have a listen as Mr. Scholefield states, It Was Made Clear To Us...
Hospital rendering @MVHealthSystem wishes NOT to show! Their #mvhsdowntown concept's 'Service Yard'; hidden w/ a brown wall on Columbia street in downtown @CityofUtica? Is this what folks crave in downtowns? Walls, more tractor trailers? https://t.co/KiZ1WMV18s pic.twitter.com/W7jXRfI2Af— #NoHospitalDowntown (@NoHospitalDwtn) January 22, 2019
October 26, 2018 - Outside MVHS Hospital Renderings revealed...
Via the CNY Business Journal, MVHS Releases Exterior Renderings Of Downtown Hospital Project, also this PDF, See Page 7
Spectrum Local News reports, Utica Hospital Renderings Revealed
UticaOD has story titled, MVHS releases drawings of planned downtown Utica hospital
Consider this presentation: Document reviews developments in and around Utica, titled The Mohawk Valley Looking Forward, where pages (49 and 50) reveal what appears to be very early concept sketches of their Downtown Utica Hospital.
May 15, 2017 - They stated their downtown concept would be "connected to nature" as a design tactic, but then they went back and changed the story. Oh well the link is now gone, yet if connecting to nature was a goal then St. Luke's easily beats Downtown Utica...
June 16, 2018 -What city would bulldoze their downtown; historic and mixed-use buildings, taxpaying businesses (40+ of them!), in exchange for a huge, out-of-scale, tax-exempt suburban hospital district?
Simply destructive urban renewal; businesses, homes, memories, an entire neighborhood bulldozed! For what? Less reasons to visit, live in or near, less jobs, more congestion, higher taxes, and healthcare is not not better... pic.twitter.com/MU3ZAb68bV— #NoHospitalDowntown (@NoHospitalDwtn) June 16, 2018
Adding insult to injury, Oneida County taxpayers would have to pay for hospital's parking garage. Or should we say, "Garages"? We know the stage has been set and two parking garages were always in the plans. We also know they'd like to say, "Goodbye To Our Utica Police Station" and City Courts to make way for more AUD and Hotel Utica Parking! Oddly and backwards, why is Utica looking to build, when other cities (Rome, NY: $2.5 million for demolition of the Liberty-George parking garage ) are tear down parking garages?
March 22, 2018 - MVHS request to build hospital is taken-up by the STATE OF NEW YORK PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH PLANNING COUNCIL, page 6 to 15 (PDF): Project #172305-C, Faxton-St Luke’s Healthcare St Lukes Division. In this document one can read the considerable Contingencies & Conditions
Read New York Codes, Rules and Regulations, CRR-NY 709.2, PART 709. DETERMINATION OF PUBLIC NEED FOR MEDICAL FACILITY CONSTRUCTION, which starts by stating...
(a) The methodology will be utilized in the evaluation of certificate of need applications involving the construction or establishment of new or replacement beds in an acute care hospital and the need for acute care facilities and services... Read Complete Code
December 20, 2017 - Sad faces all around, as the devastating MVHS/Hammes Company/NBBJ downtown hospital rendering is revealed...
These "newmv people", "yes people", what a "sad" sack of fake community supporters! Just look at their faces at the @NBBJDesign & @MVHealthSystem "closed door", "invite only", "police protected", site unveiling at @HotelUtica https://t.co/NjuSLJXSNj #Pitiful pic.twitter.com/HO4wnIZneJ— #NoHospitalDowntown (@NoHospitalDwtn) December 20, 2017
As predicted, Huge super block, and a sea of parking!
November 25, 2017 - First lies told were about the area, just "crushing blight", "functionally obsolete" (see MV500 Investor Prospectus), and only a "few" or "several" businesses to be impacted. They ignored us when we listed 40+ businesses, but the truth was eventually going to come out...
Yesterday's newspaper: In @AJPicenteJr's Oneida County a 3 yr-old boondoggle! @MVHealthSystem still owns NO LAND, yet continues to torment Downtown @CityofUtica property/business owners https://t.co/YEADptsJgf pic.twitter.com/bpqcW2EeDG— #NoHospitalDowntown (@NoHospitalDwtn) November 25, 2017
April 24, 2017 - What are the calculations we are missing? What are the differences between Corning and Utica? Why are we seeing this...
This while 64-acres are owned at the St-Luke's Campus, just 1.75 miles from the downtown site!
November 17, 2017 - The downtown concept has been revealed! We show how their concept easily fits onto the St. Luke's campus...
Hey @OD_Roth @HealthNYGov @SenatorYoung @JamesTMulder look how today's "downtown @MVHealthSystem concept" so easily fits onto their 64-acres St. Luke's campus! And @DowntownUtica would not be destroyed! pic.twitter.com/e6Fj79oWK1— #NoHospitalDowntown (@NoHospitalDwtn) November 17, 2017
Nothing can make this look good, its just a Sea Of Parking, but here are the news links on MVHS's and NBBJ Healthcare's hospital concept unveiling:
WRVO: Downtown Utica hospital site plan unveiled
WIBX 950: MVHS Unveils Site Plan For Downtown Utica Hospital
Rome Sentinel: Officials unveil site plan for downtown Utica hospital
Spectrum News: First Look At Site Of Utica's Futrure Downtown Hospital [Concept]
WKTV: MVHS unveils partial hospital site plans
CNY Homepage: Downtown Hospital Site Plans
Oneida Dispatch: Designing An Integrated Healthcare Campus In Utica
Politico (Subscription required): MVHS Releases Site Plan For New Utica Hospital
April 11, 2017 What of the reduced safety of urban/downtown hospitals vs. that of suburban hospitals...
We have examined this in detail, the research is on our side. Build a new facility at St. Luke's!
So Old Main, 100 acres will sit vacant another 40 years? Sad, when the #mvhsdowntown Fits On Old Main Without Knocking Down A Single Building, nor upsetting a single business, historic buildings, or an entire neighborhood! What of the St. Luke's and St. Elizabeth's campuses?
October 15, 2017 - To those arguing that the St. Luke's Campus is not in Utica, please use Google Maps...
Mentioned years ago, we'll say it again: parochialism damaging in setting-up three county/regional healthcare for over a 1/4 million people. pic.twitter.com/UkzvjXWB0f— #NoHospitalDowntown (@NoHospitalDwtn) October 15, 2017
July 29, 2017 - Why has the true impact area never been shown and explained to Utica-area residents? Learn for yourself, take a look at the "Utica slow roll" by viewing the Changing Map of the Downtown Utica Hospital District.
May 19, 2017 - Why Utica-area politicians never talk about, or seem to care, that their downtown concept is more honestly a billion dollar concept...
July 8, 2017 - Shown below is just one, but there are many more Voice saying, #NoHospitalDowntown
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May 16, 2017 - Taken from a presentation given to the Oneida County Legislature, look at those who created and or backed the ill-conceived downtown hospital concept. Who knew first, when did these others become informed? We have so many questions for these people and companies...
Let the record clearly show, residents and taxpayers of the hospital system's service area were not listed, and were the last to know.
June 12, 2017 - Did Hammes Company think eminent domain was an option? We don't know, but they found a BIG real estate boondoggle / land grab in Utica...
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July 8, 2017 - Who would own the new hospital land and buildings? Seems it could be a private for profit company, seeking to make money for investors. Does this make healthcare more expensive?
August 8, 2017 - The hospital has been called many things, but in the end it would only be an "inner-city hospital district", within a poor city. The folks at MVHS love to call it a health or medical campus, but they're only hoping to make it sound nicer. Regardless of the label, we've had a hard time understanding the Changing Downtown Utica Hospital Concept Maps
Currently Utica's hospitals are certified to have 571 patient beds, but are only staffed for 400 beds. Initial reports of a new hospital designed with 420 Beds, but to save costs (they said due to newer examination, the downtown concept would have only 373 Beds.
In a money saving effort, (or trouble borrowing maybe?), we learned:
So someone else will, "own the garage" (
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May 14, 2017 - CEO Perra says there are missing figures, like a $70-75M new IT System...
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June 11, 2017 - Is the architect building a case for his MVHS bulldozers?
They're on a fool's errand, as time will prove...
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September 13, 2017 - We have been told "cost are about the same"
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April 24, 2017 - The "He said, she said" game, for two years, but we now know it was "politicians and lawyers" who placed the hospital into downtown, not the hospital administration: #Emailgate
February 20, 2017 - We wonder how good their numbers are? They've never told us of all the costs, so maybe like this project, Utica will run out of money and new hospital problems would become common UticaOD headlines...
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They say "no site yet selected", but that's not what we've been told...
Three campuses consolidating into one, that's doesn't seem to be the case either. Lawsuits ahead because urban renewal is not the answer for Downtown Utica, and a new downtown hospital not the region's healthcare solution.
May 6, 2016 - A Sinking Feeling? Research offers an empirical study of the relationship between real estate prices and distance from the nearest hospital. It shows that hospitals are what the author calls "semi-obnoxious" amenities: you want to be near one, but not too near, because of hospital noise and traffic.
As shown in #DowntownUtica Map, a hospital would impact prices within the blue area. Actually the circle should be larger, since the hospital could occupy a sizeable area, and the critical distance should be measured from the edge of the facility. Plus, nobody knows the size or shape they've imagined- let's hope that the Mohawk Valley Region never finds out!
Spread the word, please Download This Post & Handout To Others (PDF)
Consider Lansing Michigan: In 2004 a Hospital Bed Standard Advisory Committee went to work to develop a plan. Take a look at just one meeting and their 69 pages of minutes (PDF). Did our local Utica hospital board perform such an in-depth audit? We don't have any indication that they did, and yet they have picked their top site in downtown Utica!
Here in Utica citizens are told of a new hospital coming to downtown by way of a newspaper headline. Zero community input, very limited or no communication with property owners in the sited area. Next, citizens questioned the parcel size shown in the paper; it's reported to be a 34 acre site, yet that area is only 12.5 acres! After a newspaper correction, and follow-up story, the site is reported to be 17 acres, but the parcel didn’t change. Two months later Utica has no idea where these 34 acres are.
Read about and see the Changing Downtown Utica Hospital Map, we've updated with another map that shows the Utica Observer-Dispatch had another map, but still not a full disclosure: Changing Downtown Utica Hospital Map, Rev3.
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