HORNELL, NY (WENY) - St. James Mercy Hospital has received the go-ahead to build a new hospital.
The hospital received notification from the New York State Department of Health that its Certificate of Need (CON) application has been approved. Last year, the hospital learned it had been granted $55 million from the state to support building a new hospital building and implementing a new electronic records system. Since then, officials have worked to find a site and plan the use of the space.
All hospital operations will relocate to the new site on Seneca Road in the former Kmart/Wegmans plaza. The new hospital is slated to open in early 2019. The existing building will be renovated and used as a medical office building, housing outpatient and administrative services.
Officials say one of the next steps for the hospital is to develop a more complete schedule for the project, which will be shared with the public.
"We are thrilled to have reached this important milestone," said St. James Mercy Hospital President & CEO Jennifer Sullivan. "We've been waiting a long time for this day to come, and now that it's here, we expect things will begin happening very quickly."