Additional state assistance for a modernization project at A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital in Oneonta was announced at a Monday media conference at the hospital.
Fox Hospital President John Remillard thanked Sen. James Seward, R-Milford, for his help in securing $250,000 to provide medical equipment for the facility.
The equipment is part of an ongoing modernization project that began in January. A year earlier, Fox, which is part of the Bassett Healthcare Network, applied successfully for an $8.7 million HEAL-NY grant, with the assistance of Seward, Remillard said. Those funds were used to get the project off the the ground.
The new funds, which Seward helped secure, will go toward the $1.5 million the hospital has to raise from other sources. More than $1 million has been raised toward the goal from “a generous community,” Remillard said.
Seward said the funds that will be provided through the state Dormitory Authority’s Economic Development Assistance Program for the purchase of state-of -the-art equipment. “It will help assure this community hospital has longevity,” he said.
It supplements the “outstanding solid local support” the fundraising campaign has received, said Seward. Besides providing health care, the hospital is important to the area economy by providing jobs and ensuring people are attracted to the area.
Remillard said the hospital employs about 920 people and that won’t change because of the renovations. The project is about one-third completed and is being done in stages so the facility can continue to provide medical care during the work.
When done in February 2014, the project will have converted the 100-bed facility, with few private beds, to 53 private rooms and 14 observational beds.
Remillard previously said several trends are driving its move toward single-occupancy rooms, including shorter patient stays, improved communications between patients and caregivers, and a reduction in the spread of infections.