Kathy Welsh

Kathy Welsh

CHESTER – Assemblyman James Skoufis and St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital announced a plan to provide comprehensive, new services to Eastern Orange County on the site of the St. Luke’s Cornwall campus.

The new open-access practice will have the capacity to treat all patients in need of immediate primary or episodic care.  Open-access is a concept whereby doctors and other clinical staff will be available to community members with or without an appointment.

The comprehensive plan that Skoufis and hospital leadership worked to finalize includes but is not limited to: expanded primary care; enhanced rehabilitation medicine; physiatry and cognitive therapy programs; a chronic disease center to treat diabetes/endocrine, pulmonary and cardiac disease, and other chronic conditions; a community wellness center; enhanced laboratory testing; x-ray and ultrasound services; and enhanced cancer services.

The open-access center’s hours will be:

Monday-Saturday: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Sunday: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The announcement comes after nine months of meetings and discussions between Assemblyman Skoufis and St. Luke’s/Montefiore leadership.

“Today is the day we change the trajectory of the Cornwall campus,” said Assemblyman James Skoufis, a longtime advocate for the community the campus serves. “In conjunction with the hospital’s leadership, we’ve put together a vision for the Cornwall campus that serves as a turning point, injects life into the facility, and, most importantly, will provide high-quality care.”

“St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital is excited to be moving forward with the concept of Open-Access Primary Care on our Cornwall campus,” said Joan Cusack-McGuirk, SLCH President and CEO. “This is a population health based model that will focus on prevention and wellness ensuring that our community stays healthy and accesses care where they need it most. This is a time of progress and positive change for St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital, and the community at large.”

Following Department of Health review and construction at the Cornwall campus, the new open-access facility is expected to be accessible by the end of next year.


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