Vassar Brothers Medical Center

Transforming Healthcare on the Hudson

Transforming Healthcare on the Hudson

Vassar Brothers Medical Center to build $500 million patient pavilion

The face of healthcare in the mid-Hudson Valley is about to change.

Health Quest’s flagship, Vassar Brothers Medical Center, will build a 696,000-square-foot, seven-level inpatient pavilion with 264 private medical/surgical patient rooms and 30 critical care rooms that will solidify its place as the destination of choice for patients in the region.

Total cost of the project is $500 million. It is believed to be the largest construction project in City of Poughkeepsie history.

“Vassar Brothers Medical Center will transform patient care and the patient and family experience in the Hudson Valley with this project,” medical center President Robert Friedberg said. “Making that transformation requires state-of-the art facilities to provide patients with the privacy and healing environment they deserve.”

“The new pavilion will serve all of us fortunate enough to call the Hudson Valley our home,” said Gregory Rakow, chairman of the board for Health Quest. “It will become a landmark and asset for the community, a site known for excellent patient care, cutting-edge services and a home for our top-level medical staff.”

Designed by international architectural firm RTKL Associates Inc., the innovative building will have a distinctive shape that follows the aesthetic of the Hudson River. The new private rooms will offer more than double the space per patient than the current semiprivate rooms. They will provide ample space for families and visitors, who provide a vital role in healing and care. The facility will also incorporate the latest in sustainable design and is expected to receive LEED certification.

“One of the guiding principles in the design of the new building is that the quality of space should match the quality of care at the Medical Center,” said Steve Stokes, principal architect of the project from RTKL.

The new building on the Medical Center property adjacent to Route 9 and the Hudson River will connect to the existing facility, parts of which are 128 years old. The design features amenities to enable caregivers to deliver the best patient care possible. The building is designed for staff efficiency.

“It is thrilling that this incredible facility will offer the highest quality of healthcare to our neighbors right in their backyard,” said Carla Gude, chairwoman of the Vassar Brothers Medical Center Board. “We are grateful for the partnership and support from the many people who have made this possible, including the local government, our generous donors and the thousands of patients who make Vassar Brothers Medical Center their hospital of choice.”

An estimated 300 to 400 construction jobs will be created at the peak of the project. Funding comes from private hospital funds and hospital bonds. The Foundation for Vassar Brothers Medical Center will conduct a fundraising campaign to help support the project.

“Dutchess County is privileged to have Health Quest invest so greatly in the county and the City of Poughkeepsie, specifically,” Dutchess County Executive Marcus J. Molinaro said. “This historic undertaking will not only improve the quality of lives for county residents, but it will also mark Dutchess County as a leader in the region in patient care. Local patients will not have to travel throughout the state — or even the Northeast — to receive the high quality of care to which they’ve become accustomed. Additionally, healthcare has long been an economic engine in the county, and this expansion will continue that trend by creating jobs, which will have a ripple effect throughout our community. We, as a county, thank Health Quest for sharing our vision to keep Dutchess moving forward, and we look forward to their continued development in Dutchess County.”

“This project will serve as a catalyst for economic development and provide a stabilizing environment for businesses and homeowners in Poughkeepsie. It will play a major role in community revitalization and allow residents access to high-quality healthcare they deserve right here in our community,” City of Poughkeepsie Mayor John Tkazyik said.

Plans for the state-of-the-art building include:

  • 264 medical/surgical private rooms.
  • 30 intensive-care unit rooms.
  • An emergency department with 66 treatment rooms and ample parking for ambulances and the public.
  • A loading dock with 12 bays for materials management.
  • A flexible conference center with three large rooms for use by the public and service groups.
  • Additional parking for the campus with 265 spaces.
  • A gift shop.
  • A 240-seat cafeteria with an outdoor veranda.
  • New operating rooms.
  • Green roofs.
  • A rooftop helipad.

Vassar Brothers Medical Center has served the Hudson Valley since 1887. It houses the first and only cardiothoracic surgery center in the Mid-Hudson Valley, a state-of-the-art birthing center, pioneering centers for advanced surgery and wound care, the area’s only Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and the new Division of NeuroInterventional Surgery for advanced treatment of aneurysms and acute stroke.