OSWEGO — St. Luke Health Services has been awarded an $8 million dollar grant through the NYS Department of Health/Dormitory Authority – Health Care Efficiency and Affordability Law for New Yorkers, Capital Grant Program (HEAL NY Program). The grant funding will be used to construct a sixty-bed assisted living residence on the St. Luke healthcare campus located in the City of Oswego.
The grant is part of a State initiative designed to re-shape the healthcare system by developing more appropriate levels of care and community-based services across New York.
“Developing this assisted living program and residence is consistent with our not-for-profit organization’s mission of providing quality care to our elders here in Oswego County,” said St. Luke CEO and Administrator Terrence Gorman. “Construction of our new assisted living residence will serve low to moderate income seniors. It has been clear to us for some time that this level of care has been lacking in our community and we believe we are the most appropriate and capable organization to bring assisted living to our area.”
Jerome Mirabito, President of the St. Luke Board of Directors added, “This project represents an investment that will ultimately reduce the cost to our healthcare system over the long-term by providing services to people who may otherwise be placed in a nursing home, and whose residential and healthcare needs can be met in a less costly assisted living program.”
“Elements of this project are contingent on the review and approval of local agencies and the New York State Department of Health,” said Greg Osetek, Director of Community Relations. “The grant process itself was highly competitive; we were competing against project proposals from across the state. This will be one of the larger projects our organization has undertaken in the thirty-five years we have been serving this community. Ultimately, this project will ensure that elders will be able to continue to access appropriate care and services here in our community. Many local service agencies and elected officials voiced their support for this project and we are appreciative of their efforts on our behalf.”
The assisted living residence will be constructed as a one-story, 39,300 square foot residence, located on the St. Luke healthcare campus, on the east-side in the City of Oswego, overlooking the Oswego River. The residence will consist of both private and semi-private rooms. The project includes plans to devote up to sixteen of the ALP beds to serve individuals with identified early to middle stages of a dementia-related illness such as Alzheimer’s disease. These individuals will reside in a specially designed area, featuring services and amenities to care for this population segment in an assisted living program.
Total cost of the project is estimated at $9.2 million. Osetek noted that additional funding sources for this project are being facilitated by the City of Oswego Office of Community Development, Operation Oswego County and the Oswego County Industrial Development Agency, in the form of low-interest loans.
Construction of the assisted living residence is expected to begin early next year and take approximately twelve to fourteen months. Officials at St. Luke estimate that it will begin serving the community by the summer of 2012.