Vassar Brothers Medical Center

Transforming Healthcare on the Hudson

Transforming Healthcare on the Hudson

‘Prototype Experience’ provides life-size tour of Vassar Brothers Medical Center patient pavilion interior

Vassar Brothers Medical Center’s Prototype Experience, a replica of its new patient pavilion that will transform healthcare in the Hudson Valley, is open to the public.

Open from 2 to 5 p.m. every Wednesday, the Prototype Experience, on the campus of the medical center at 60 Livingston St., is a life-size, realistic model of medical/surgical and critical care patient rooms, as well as nurse care centers.

“The new patient pavilion at Vassar will transform healthcare in the Hudson Valley and be a landmark facility in the City of Poughkeepsie,” medical center President Ann McMackin said. “We want everyone in the region to be as excited about this project as we are.”

The self-guided audio tour is complemented with a video and gallery of renderings and floor plans that highlight new clinical areas, environmentally friendly construction highlights, an overview of the medical center’s future campus and the different phases of the construction project. A display offers touchable materials that will be used throughout the new pavilion.

The prototype was built so employees and residents could preview and explore some of the more exciting aspects and benefits of the 700,000-square-foot building for which the expected cost is about $500 million. When complete, the pavilion will include 264 private patient rooms, 30 critical care rooms, a 66-room emergency department, 12 surgical suites, a 300-seat conference center and more.

No appointments are necessary and walk-ins are welcome. For information, call 845-554-1736 or email

A replica of the critical care room in the Prototype Experience at Vassar Brothers Medical Center.