Industry Profile: Healthcare Rises in Dutchess County

A New Dawn of Innovation

HealthQuest Pavillion Dutches County

Dutchess County residents don’t have to travel to New York City or Albany for specialized and innovative health care.  Thanks in part to two major projects creating hundreds of jobs, Dutchess County patients are getting more options for dynamic, high-quality care.

Vassar Brothers, operated by Health Quest, is building a new in-patient pavilion. The more than $500 million investment is the city of Poughkeepsie’s largest construction project to date.  The new pavilion will include 264 private rooms for all patients and an emergency and trauma center with 66 treatment rooms, plus 30 critical care rooms and larger operating rooms. The operating rooms will include cutting-edge surgical technology including two da Vinci Surgical System robots, allowing for robotic surgery in urological, gynecological, colorectal, and gastrointestinal procedures.

Scheduled to open in 2019, Health Quest expects the project to add 300 construction jobs in 2017 and 2018.  Currently, Vassar Brothers brings $247 million in economic activity to Dutchess County and the Hudson Valley.  As one of our top employers, it employs more than 2000 people in Poughkeepsie; that number is expected to increase with the new pavilion and added services.

“Patients are reaping the benefits of high-tech procedures in a small community hospital,” says Denise George, president of Northern Dutchess Hospital in Rhinebeck.  Also part of the Health Quest family, Northern Dutchess has recently expanded its campus with its own new pavilion to extend top-tier medical services to the northern portion of the county.

The improvements at Vassar Brothers and Northern Dutchess add to Health Quest’s vision of ensuring accessible and quality multi-specialty health care for Dutchess County residents.  Health Quest’s eight medical practices, which together offer primary care and specialty services allow people to receive exceptional care where they live and work.

medical_room_vassar_hospital“If you’re looking to develop a business in this community and attract talent, one of the things you need to have is the community is great healthcare,” says Robert Freidberg, president of Health Quest.  Along with the impressive Health Quest portfolio, Dutchess boasts additional industry providers that are leading the way in healthcare.  An innovative $8 million renovation of the medical-surgical unit at MidHudson Regional  Hospital of Westchester Medical Center, also fuses emerging technologies and conveniences with an enhanced, reimagined experience for patients, visitors and caregivers.  Additionally, CareMount Medical, which provides care to 500,000 patients across New York State, has 10 campuses and offices in Dutchess County.  It is affiliated with all three of our major hospitals, plus Massachusets General Hospital, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Mount Sinai Medical Center.

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