“This agreement is about neighbors taking care of neighbors, preserving health care jobs in the community, and supporting the dedicated staff who have provided high-quality care under difficult circumstances,” Sullivan said.
The “hospital of the future” will be a fraction of the size of the existing facility, which has been at its current location since 1936 – with additions in the 1960s and 1980s – but is no longer financially viable.
Instead of the current 204,000 square feet, the new Lockport Memorial Hospital will have just 37,122 square feet of space, in a one-story building whose modular construction would allow for expansions in the future if necessary.
Sullivan said Catholic Health is committed to the project, but not to a particular location or number of inpatient beds. He said he’s working with the state Health Department to determine how many beds to request in the new license.
However, it will feature the core services needed for the area, including an emergency department, an imaging facility and a small number of inpatient beds. Details are still being worked out.
Catholic Health physicians are also expected to rotate in and out of the facility each week, to provide specialty services for local residents.
“To build a sustainable health care environment, we wanted to think outside the box,” Sullivan said. “Our model is innovative and low-cost.”