MVHS Downtown Hospital Project Update: Steel Structure Almost Complete

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UTICA, N.Y. (WUTR-TV) — Construction for the MVHS new hospital began last summer and now the steel frames are finally in the ground.

“Steel is going up for the building, steel up through the 9th floor is in place. We anticipate the steel structure of the building to be completed some time in February of this year. So, in about a month from now. At that same time we’ll start seeing the exterior of the building being put in place.” – Bob Scholefield, Executive VP for Facilities and Real Estate, MVHS

Once the building is fully enclosed, they’ll start work on the inside from the ground up. Scholefield says, fortunately, the pandemic hasn’t really messed up their plans.

“We haven’t had a lot of impact from COVID. Some of the companies we work with in terms of getting supplies, there has been some delays but we’ve been able to maintain schedule.” – Bob Scholefield, Executive VP for Facilities and Real Estate, MVHS

They’ve also partnered with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine to help expand their residency programs and bring more medical jobs to the region.

“We’ll have physicians that have trained in Utica and hopefully will have an interest staying in Utica after they complete their program. That in itself is going to bring an additional 100-125 new jobs to Utica. Those are people who administer the residency programs, the residents themselves and faculty members. And those are good jobs for this community.” – Bob Scholefield, Executive VP for Facilities and Real Estate, MVHS

The new hospital will combine the St. Elizabeth Medical Center and Faxton/St. Luke campus. Scholefield says they expect to open their doors in May of 2023.

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