In early 2022, Canton-Potsdam Hospital (CPH) submitted a Certificate of Need to New York State requesting permission to make expansions to the Hospital at 50 Leroy Street, Potsdam. The Hospital has since received approval from the Department of Health to proceed with constructing the Regional Care Pavilion (RCP).
The multi-million project is expected to include three main areas: patient rooms, the Emergency Department, and the main entrance/lobby.
With the Regional Care Pavilion well underway, there are some misconceptions within the community and among our own staff that the Pavilion will double the size of our hospital and adversely create additional staffing challenges as a result. To clarify, the new Pavilion will afford us a modernized space of private, single occupancy rooms allowing us to move our existing double-occupancy rooms from MSU2 and MSU3. Similarly, existing staffing will also relocate into the new space. In moving to private-occupancy rooms, it makes sense that we would need more single-occupancy rooms to accommodate our same number of patients.
With forward thinking and learning from the challenges we experienced throughout COVID, after relocation of MSU2 and MSU3 beds, there are plans to utilize the then vacated MSU2 area as a 18 single-occupancy bed surge space (in the event we need to accommodate a surge of patients for multiple unexpected reasons). In total, with the surge space, Canton-Potsdam Hospital will be equipped with 78 MSU beds, and 18 surge beds. Plans for a vacated MSU3 are yet to be determined, but may be used to relocate and expand some of our ancillary services.
There are so many exciting, advanced features of the new building that will elevate the way we deliver care; launching EPIC was just a first step in how we are elevating care for our patients and modernizing access to state-of-the-art resources for our staff who are providing the essential services they do every day.
The Hospital's Main Entrance and Emergency Entrance moved to the back-side of the facility on Cottage Street in October 2022. Patients and visitors wishing to enter the Hospital are asked to park in the main lot also located on Cottage Street.
For a first-hand look at the driving and parking route, along with the new entrances, watch this two minute video