MVHS holds ceremonial groundbreaking for downtown Utica hospital

Mohawk Valley Health System held a ceremonial groundbreaking Thursday for the downtown Utica Hospital.

Posted: Dec 12, 2019 4:30 PM
Updated: Dec 12, 2019 4:52 PM

UTICA, N.Y. -- Mohawk Valley Health System held a ceremonial groundbreaking Thursday for the downtown Utica hospital. The symbolic event was driven by logistics -- people's schedules and a need to do it before winter completely takes hold, and doesn't signify the beginning of construction. Demolition of on-site properties is still underway. The groundbreaking offered those who got the project this far a chance to reflect on what all the work thus far has been for, and, to galvanize for the future.

"A new regional medical center allows us to operate in a building built for the way healthcare is delivered today and not built for the way healthcare was delivered decades ago," said MVHS President and CEO Darlene Stromstad. "It is an economic driver to our community. We will have in the short term hundreds of people that will be working in downtown."

MVHS administration, nurses and elected leaders all turned symbolic shovels of earth. The nurses said they were involved long before today.

"We have been to countless meetings. They have taken our opinion, our thoughts and what we feel is needed to give the best care to our patients and families, into consideration every step of the way," said RN, Laura Inman.

It's full speed ahead for the hospital; MVHS owns all the properties in the building footpring and demolition is underway. However, unsavory work remains for Oneida County, which is building the parking garage for the hospital. Four properties in that footprint refuse to sell. After the first of the year, the county will order appraisals and make offers; offers that have already been made by MVHS, and rejected.

"It's unfortunate to have to go to the aspect of eminent domain, but when 30-something other property owners have moved forward, shovels are in the ground, buildings are coming down. It's time to move," said Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente, Jr. "I understand businesses and they don't want to leave, but if you're gonna stay here and nothing else is gonna be here, that doesn't make much sense, either."

New York Coronavirus Cases

County data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 451227

Reported Deaths: 33090
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Queens718187245
Kings673917319
Bronx526664942
Nassau463252201
Suffolk461762011
Westchester378661454
New York331463173
Richmond157861085
Rockland14891675
Orange11835498
Erie11082689
Monroe5925289
Dutchess5084153
Onondaga4253205
Albany3037134
Oneida2378123
Ulster224495
Niagara1733101
Putnam158363
Sullivan157348
Broome147669
Schenectady138348
Saratoga100617
Rensselaer90142
Columbia58237
Chautauqua5479
Madison48917
Ontario46535
Oswego4643
Tompkins3990
Warren36333
Steuben36042
Chemung3493
Fulton33224
Otsego3325
Orleans32554
Herkimer32210
Greene32118
St. Lawrence3194
Genesee3175
Wayne3115
Washington28814
Cattaraugus2556
Chenango2487
Montgomery2294
Tioga22525
Cayuga2022
Livingston2028
Jefferson1640
Cortland1620
Essex1610
Clinton1555
Wyoming1325
Delaware1314
Seneca1053
Allegany991
Schoharie830
Franklin650
Yates627
Lewis500
Schuyler390
Hamilton150
Unassigned016
Utica
Overcast
60° wxIcon
Hi: 71° Lo: 50°
Feels Like: 60°
Oneonta
Broken Clouds
63° wxIcon
Hi: 70° Lo: 47°
Feels Like: 63°
Herkimer
Overcast
60° wxIcon
Hi: 70° Lo: 50°
Feels Like: 60°
Thendara
Overcast
60° wxIcon
Hi: 63° Lo: 46°
Feels Like: 60°
WKTV Radar
WKTV Temperatures
WKTV Severe Weather
Click here to learn more about A Healthier Mohawk Valley
Saluting Those Who Are Proud 2 Serve
WKTV Golf Card - Under 150 left