Community Hospital at Dobbs Ferry (N.Y.) has sidestepped an order to close by the New York State Commission on Health Care Facilities in the 21st Century. Healthcare services will continue under what officials described as an innovative healthcare delivery model.
State health officials, who administer the mandates of the commission, said after closing, 50-bed Community Hospital will be re-opened under the sponsorship of 504-bed St. Johns Riverside Hospital, Yonkers, N.Y. St. Johns will pilot the new hybrid model designed to reduce hospitalizations and integrate primary care in the emergency room.
Preliminary plans include an emergency department and observation beds focusing on primary care, cancer care and management of chronic conditions. Additional details have yet to be finalized but the conversion is expected to be completed by the year-end. The commission, whose mandates carry the full force of law, was charged with rightsizing the states network of hospitals and nursing homes. -- by Cinda Becker
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