• Tri-Town Regional Hospital Evolving

    A.O. Fox Hospital - Tri-Town Campus

    January 25, 2017

    A certificate of need (CON) has been submitted to the New York State Department of Health (DOH) to make Tri-Town Regional Hospital in Sidney, NY, a satellite emergency department (ED) under the leadership of A.O. Fox Hospital in Oneonta. Both hospitals are part of Bassett Healthcare Network. If the CON is approved by DOH, the conversion to a satellite ED model would take effect in the third quarter of 2017.

    “The conversion to a satellite ED is a regulatory-related change that will not impact services provided,” explains Bassett Healthcare Network Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Andrew Manzer. “Around-the-clock emergency care and laboratory and radiology services will remain available, along with a variety of specialty services that include cancer and orthopedic care. Patients treated at the TRH ED who need a higher level of care will continue to be transported to the closest acute care hospital appropriate to their medical condition.”

    TRH has been certified by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) since 2008, under the sponsorship of Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown. However, stricter interpretation of CMS certification requirements has resulted in the need to convert TRH to a satellite ED model.

    Under state regulations, a satellite emergency department must be within 35 miles of an acute care hospital. Fox Hospital is 23 miles from TRH in Sidney while Bassett Medical Center is just over 45 miles away. Once the CON is approved, the operations of TRH as part of Fox Hospital would be overseen by Fox Hospital president Jeff Joyner.

    Separately, an application for $25 million in grant funding under the New York State Health Care Facility Transformation Program has been submitted that proposes to create a medical village at the TRH campus, 43 Pearl St. West, Sidney.

    Manzer explains, “The state has encouraged hospitals and health care systems to transform their operations in a way that will keep them sustainable in the changing health care environment. The funding we’ve applied for would help TRH evolve in keeping with the health care needs of the Tri-Town Region and allow us to provide comprehensive outpatient and emergency care in a new building more suitable to our needs and in a more integrated and efficient manner.”

    If approved, the funding would allow for:

    • construction of a new modern facility specifically designed with 24-7 emergency and outpatient services in mind and convenient for patients to access
    • consolidation of the Bassett Medical Group and A.O. Fox primary care practices in Sidney into one coordinated location
    • the integration of behavioral health and primary care services
    • the addition of on-site chronic care management and patient navigation services

    A decision by the state on the transformation funding application is expected in the first quarter of 2017.

    About Bassett Healthcare Network

    Bassett Healthcare Network is an integrated health system that provides care and services to people living in a 5,600 square mile region in upstate New York. The organization includes six corporately affiliated hospitals, over two dozen community-based health centers, 20 school-based health centers, two skilled nursing facilities, and other health partners in related fields. To learn more about services available throughout the Bassett Healthcare Network, visit www.bassett.org. Follow Bassett on Facebook and Twitter at facebook.com/Bassett.Network and twitter.com/BassettNetwork.

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