Press-Republican

July 16, 2013

Meadowbrook Healthcare seeks to expand

JEFF MEYERS
Press-Republican

PLATTSBURGH — Meadowbrook Healthcare is looking to expand its residential space with an additional 80 beds.

The Plattsburgh facility has filed a Certificate of Need application with the New York State Department of Health to build an 80-bed addition at its Prospect Avenue location.

If it is approved, Meadowbrook officials hope to open the new addition by late 2015 or early 2016.

Meadowbrook currently has 200 skilled-nursing beds and also offers short-term rehabilitation for patients recovering from injuries, illnesses or surgeries.

The addition includes an agreement between Meadowbrook and CVPH Medical Center to transfer 54 nursing-home beds from the Medical Center to Meadowbrook, leaving the hospital with 42 remaining nursing-home beds and creating 26 new beds for the region.

“We are pleased that Meadowbrook plans to construct a new 80-bed addition,” said CVPH spokeswoman Christine Blake.

“CVPH has notified Meadowbrook and the New York State Department of Health that we will transfer 54 or our 96 long-term-care beds, as per a 1994 agreement, when the new addition opens. “

Meadowbrook Administrator Paul Richards is not available this week to provide more information on the proposal.

CVPH would continue to operate its 96 skilled-nursing beds on 5 Main and 6 Main until any expansion were completed.

If the 56 beds are transferred, CVPH will explore other options for the open space, which officials at the hospital say is at a premium.

EARLIER PLAN

For three years, another plan to increase nursing-home beds has been on hold. 

That would have seen Meadowbrook building a 210-bed full-service skilled-nursing facility adjacent to Pine Harbour Assisted Living facility on the former Plattsburgh Air Force Base. 

In early 2009, the State Department of Health gave the OK to construct what would have been called James Mann Healthcare, a facility hoped to alleviate nursing-home bed shortages across the region.

That issue, which forced some locals to be placed in nursing homes far from their own communities, developed in large part after the 2006 closure of Cedar Hedge Nursing Home in Rouses Point.

Seventy beds were lost when that facility shut down.

The James Mann facility would also have assumed 54 skilled-nursing beds from CVPH.

In July 2010, officials announced the project would not yet move forward, as Medicare and Medicaid cuts at both federal and state levels brought uncertainty to the financial markets.

“At this point in time, no one is lending,” Richards told the Press-Republican when that announcement was made.

No information was available Monday on whether that plan is still potentially viable or shelved for good.

Email Jeff Meyers:jmeyers@pressrepublican.com