August 3, 2013

Merger marked by ceremony


MALONE — Dignitaries donned hard hats and broke ground Friday on the new $35 million shared nursing home being developed between Alice Hyde Medical Center and Franklin County.

Sen. Betty Little (R-Queensbury), Assemblywoman Janet Duprey (R-Peru) and Alice Hyde President and Chief Executive Officer Douglas DiVello were among those who spoke at the ceremony, held just off Park Street near the hospital’s main campus.


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“We are proud to begin building the future for exceptional and specialized care for the elderly in our community with this state-of-the-art nursing home and assisted-living facility,” DiVello said in a news release.

“There is no doubt we would not be standing at this construction site today had it not been for the efforts and support of Sen. Betty Little and Assemblywoman Janet Duprey.

“I am grateful to Sen. Little for her efforts to secure funding for this project,” he said. “We are fortunate that Sen. Little and Assemblywoman Duprey understand how vital it is to invest in the health of the North Country’s long-term health-care system and the critical need for assisted-living programs.”


The three-story facility will replace the two aging nursing homes each entity now uses, both built in 1968.

The Franklin County Nursing Home has 85 beds, and the hospital has 75.

The combined facility will have 135 skilled-nursing beds and a separate assisted-living section with 30 beds. It is the first combined skilled-nursing and assisted-living center in the region, according to local officials.

The State Department of Health provided $9.3 million in grant funds to start the project, and the hospital is borrowing the rest.

Franklin County will pay Alice Hyde $1 million a year for the next 10 years for its share of the facility once it is operational.


The arrangements for assisted living are different from the 24-hour care that skilled-nursing clients require.

These residents typically have more independence but are recovering from surgery or they cannot be left at home alone to care for themselves as they recover from a temporary medical condition.

The two-story assisted-living space will measure 22,500 square feet, and the skilled-nursing side will be 98,000 square feet in three stories.

“The bottom line is we are responsible for providing world-class care for our nursing-home residents in a home they love,” DiVello said.

“And that’s what we are going to do.”


PC Construction of South Burlington is the contractor for the facility, which is expected to be open for residents by the fall of 2014.

Eve Norris, project executive for PC Construction, said her company “couldn’t be more pleased to be back at Alice Hyde and to continue working in the upstate New York communities.”

The site was designed by RLPS Architects.

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