Westport Health Center to be remodeled, expanded through grant

— The Westport Health Center will be getting a facelift.

Last week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that $301.1 million in HEAL NY grants will help 40 hospitals and nursing homes across the state, including $20.2 million to the North Country.

CPI, the company that owns both CVPH in Plattsburgh and the Elizabethtown Community Hospital, received $7,309,572 in HEAL funding, with $5,639,000 for remodeling and renovation at CVPH which will result in approximately 22 private rooms.

The other $1,670,572 will be used to renovate and build an addition onto the ECH-controlled Westport Health Center, according to spokesperson Jane Hooper.

“We have been wanting to do some work at the health center and have been looking for the funding that has now come through the HEAL NY grant,” Hooper said. “This gives us the funds to renovate and do some addition work.”

Hooper said that the work to be done would help with efficiency at the site.

“We want to have a more efficient use of space as well as creating some additional space,” she said.

While planning for the project is in the very early stages, Hooper said that the addition would be new clinical space and would add about 3,500 square feet to the facility.

The project will also allow for updates of interior rooms, mechanical and electrical systems, technology infrastructure, HVAC and other utilities.

“We are still in the early stages,” Hooper said. “We have a meeting with the architect next week to go over the preliminary designs and thoughts. More information will follow as plans are finalized.”

Hooper said that the hospital is also required to apply for a certificate of need from the state (for big projects or when new services are added).

“We would hope that since the state gave us the funding, they will approve the work,” she said.

Work is expected to begin this fall and last through the winter.

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