SMC to Receive $9.8 Million in Funding

SAMARITAN MEDICAL CENTER TO RECEIVE $9.8 MILLION HEALTHCARE FACILITY TRANSFORMATION AWARD FROM NEW YORK STATE

Funds Planned to Create New Comprehensive Health Center

Watertown, New York - Thanks to the multimillion dollar Healthcare Facility Transformation award announced yesterday by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, Samaritan Medical Center now can move forward with its plan to transform its Medical Plaza on Outer Washington Street into a new outpatient comprehensive healthcare center. SMC was awarded $9.8 million for the project. Watertown, New York - Thanks to the multimillion dollar Healthcare Facility Transformation award announced yesterday by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, Samaritan Medical Center now can move forward with its plan to transform its Medical Plaza on Outer Washington Street into a new outpatient comprehensive healthcare center. SMC was awarded $9.8 million for the project. 

“We are very grateful to have been selected for this award and excited to be able to move forward with this important project,” said Thomas H. Carman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Samaritan Medical Center. “We knew this project was important but were looking for a way to fund it. This award will enable us to finally move it forward, effectively creating a medical village that provides outpatient access to multiple healthcare services in one convenient location.” 

The vision for the new center includes the development of a regional comprehensive women’s health center, consolidating its various outpatient women’s health services into one convenient location. Those services include Woman to Woman, gynecology, obstetrics, breast health and related radiology, stereotactic and testing services, which are currently housed in various locations around the community. Additionally, this will gain space for Samaritan to grow new wellness, prevention and education programs.

As another part of the plan, Samaritan will consolidate all of its Watertown-based primary care services under one roof, while continuing to integrate outpatient behavioral health with primary care, which is one of the objectives outlined in the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment program (DSRIP). 

“In addition to continuing to the integration of behavioral health and primary care, this project addresses two other DSRIP objectives, including the creation of a medical village and population engagement, education and integration that activates individuals to use primary and preventive care services,” concludes Mr. Carman. “This truly will transform the facility and the care that is delivered within it. We truly appreciate this award and what it can do for our community’s healthcare system.”

The Samaritan Medical Plaza is located at 1575 Washington Street in Watertown.