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Breaking ground on multi-million expansion of St. Luke's Home

By LEXIE O'CONNOR

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare held a groundbreaking Tuesday afternoon for a multi-million dollar expansion of the St. Luke's Home. The new project set to improve long-term care and consolidate other services.

The President and Chief Executive of Faxton-St. Luke's Scott Perra, explains that they'll be renovating a 20,000 square foot of space and creating nearly 40,000 square feet. Perra says that will bring about 200 new patient beds as well as allow them to relocate their patient inpatient rehabilitation center there.

In addition to rehabilitation services, the expansion will also house a new, eight-station dialysis unit, an expanded Adult Day Healthcare Program, and bring the Visiting Nurse Association, Senior Network Health, and Home Care Services under one roof, which Perra says would benefit both patients and employees.

"The more people you bring together, the more expertise you have, the sharing of ideas you have," says Perra. "Right now, we have different organizations scattered throughout Oneida County, and this allows us to consolidate all of those folks in one area."

The project comes via a $31.3 million grant that New York State gave the healthcare facility in September 2010, recognizing Faxton-St. Luke's multitude of health care programs and the need for it in an area.

"We have more residents in Oneida County over age 65 and over age 85 than any other part of the country, and certainly New York State," says Perra. "So we're constantly trying to come up with new better, ways to take care of those patients where they can best be taken care of."

The new project is anticipated to be completed this upcoming in Fall 2012.

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