Guthrie’s New Corning Hospital Recommended for Approval

Corning, NY -- The New York State Public Health and Health Planning Council voted unanimously to recommend to the Deputy Commissioner of Health the approval of Guthrie Corning Hospital plans to build a new 65-bed hospital to replace the existing Corning Hospital.

“We are excited about the new facility and what it will mean for the community and this region,” said Shirley Magana, president and COO of Guthrie Corning Hospital. “The people of Corning have been waiting a long time for this announcement. It would not have been possible without the hard work of our Board of Directors and the overwhelming community support we have received.”

The Certificate of Need application outlines plans for the new 270,000 square foot hospital to be located on a 67 acre site off Interstate 86 to provide easier access for our patients. The 65-bed hospital will be designed with comfort, privacy and safety in mind, including all-private patient rooms. At a cost of approximately $150 million, it will accommodate state-of the -art technology and will be better equipped to accommodate same-day or outpatient services and shorter hospital stays.  The new hospital will be built as an environmentally friendly facility designed to save energy and promote “green” operations.

“The Corning community and local leaders have been a significant help to us in the planning for this hospital,” Phil Roche, Corning Hospital board chairman, said in a statement. “At a time when hospitals across the state are closing or merging, it is exciting to be a part of building a new hospital for the people of the region.”
Guthrie plans on breaking ground in April, 2012 and opening the doors of the new facility in July, 2014. Gilbane-Welliver of Montour Falls, NY has been selected as the construction management company.

The new hospital will have improved patient convenience with more space for parking and patient drop-off. The Guthrie Corning Cancer Center, currently located on Denison Parkway, will move to the new campus, Guthrie Clinic Centerway office will remain in the City of Corning.
Guthrie has invested $75,000 into a partnership with the City of Corning to explore options for the redevelopment of the existing hospital site on Denison Parkway as a prime economic development parcel once it is returned to the public tax rolls.

Founded in 1900, Corning Hospital is a 99-bed acute facility with a proud tradition of quality health care delivery and community service. As a part of Guthrie Health, named one of the nation’s Top 50 Health Systems in 2010, Corning Hospital has achieved high standards of care, being recognized as the sixth best hospital in New York State for overall hospital care in the 2011 Quality Report by the Delta Group.

• For 110 years, Corning Hospital has delivered high-quality healthcare to patients in the greater Corning Region. Over that time, Corning Hospital has moved locations and expanded from nine beds into a comprehensive community hospital. First in 1950, and then again in 1963 and in 1990 Corning Hospital underwent major expansion and construction to provide Corning residents the latest in medical technology and services.
• In 1999, Corning Hospital affiliated with Guthrie Health and in 2004 was officially acquired by Guthrie. Based in Sayre, PA, Guthrie Health is an award-winning, highly innovative health system with an expansive, integrated primary and specialty care network..
• The plans for the new hospital have been a result of 5 years of dialogue and assessment between Corning Hospital board members and community officials.
• The required Certificate of Need for the new Corning Hospital was submitted to the New York State Department of Health on July 15, 2011.
• Architects are currently finalizing design plans of the new hospital and closing on the land purchase is scheduled for February of 2012.
• Corning Hospital will use a combination of cash, financing and private donations.
• This project will positively impact the region with 300 jobs related to construction.
• New York's Certificate of Need (CON) process governs the establishment, construction, renovation and major medical equipment acquisitions of health care facilities, such as hospitals, nursing homes, home care agencies, and diagnostic and treatment centers.