$25M ‘Medical Village’
Sought For Tri-Town
Bassett Aims To Streamline Health Services
SIDNEY – The Bassett Healthcare Network is seeking a $25 million state grant to build a “medical village” that’s “specifically designed for 24-7 emergency and outpatient services” at Sidney’s Tri-Town Regional Hospital.
The network also announced that an applilcation has been submitted to the state Health Department to allow Tri-Town to operate as a “satellite emergency department” administered by Fox Hospital, rather than the Bassett mother ship in Cooperstown.
The “medical village” would consolidate primary-care practices in Sidney at the Pearl Street site, and coordinate it with psychological services. It would add “on-site chronic care manager and patient navigation services,” presumably to better refer patients up the line to Fox or Bassett hospitals as necessary.
The network is hoping for a decision this quarter on both matters, with the idea of shifting the emergency department under Fox President Jeff Joyner’s direction by the third quarter. No time frame was announced for the “medical village” completion.
The emergency-care shift is occurring after state regulations require the overseeing hospital to be within 35 miles of the satellite. Oneonta is 20 miles from Sidney; Cooperstown is 45.
Tri-Town has been part of the Bassett system since 2008.