St. Mary’s announces Rao Pavilion expansion

AMSTERDAM — St. Mary’s Healthcare blessed the building site for its newest healthcare facility at a private groundbreaking ceremony on Oct. 15.

Unlike past groundbreakings, this event was kept to a smaller attendance in order to best follow all physical distancing and other covid precautions. 

Scott Bruce, St. Mary’s Healthcare President and CEO, offered a welcome to those present followed by a blessing given by Sr. Mary Anne Heenan, CSJ, the chair of St. Mary’s Board of Trustees. In Mr. Bruce’s comments he mentions the importance of this expansion and what it will mean for our community to have all of the core services in one location.

” With our Amsterdam primary care providers, behavioral health services, and health homes joining together under one roof, along with our new retail pharmacy, our patients will have better access to physical, mental and emotional support, all in one visit,” Bruce said in a news release.

The project located on Route 30 in Amsterdam is an expansion to the St. Mary’s Rao Outpatient Pavilion and adds to the facilities comprehensive service network with a focus on making healthcare services more accessible. The new expansion adds an additional 17,000 square feet to an already existing 40,000 square foot building to better facilitate a more centralized approach of providing easy access to St. Mary’s many outpatient services in one location. 

Most notably, this project will consolidate the following three existing primary, internal medicine and pediatric practices — St. Mary’s Memorial Health Center, St. Mary’s Memorial Pediatric Health Center (both located on the Memorial Campus in Amsterdam) and the St. Mary’s Carondelet Health Center (located at 380 Guy Park Ave. in Amsterdam).

By combining these existing services in one location with access to 30 exam rooms, St. Mary’s will easily be able to integrate collaborative care counselors. These counselors work in tandem with our primary care providers, psychiatrists and addiction professionals to deliver comprehensive medical and behavioral health services when and where our patients need it most. 

This site will also feature St. Mary’s first retail pharmacy location providing patients easier access than ever before to necessary, and often life-sustaining, prescription medication immediately following their visit to their primary care, urgent care, cancer medicine and behavioral health providers.

The building will also feature a drive-thru pharmacy window for easy and convenient access to the St. Mary’s Pharmacy for the entire community. 

Another exciting addition to the Route 30 expansion project is the creation of St. Mary’s first ever Healing Garden. This healing garden “green space” provides a place of refuge and promotes healing in patients, families, and associates.

Having a variety of services including urgent care, the Tesiero Cancer Medicine Center, primary and pediatric care, this healing space will be a much welcomed addition.

“Any environment can promote healing, but gardens are particularly able to do so because I think we can all agree that nature can give us an overall sense of well-being and hopefulness,” Bruce said in the release.

St. Mary’s expected completion date for the entire project is targeted for Summer 2021.

From left, Dr. Megan Sumigray (St. Mary’s Primary Care Provider), Col. Gary Howard (St. Mary’s Foundation Board), Linda Naple (St. Mary’s Auxiliary), Father Bob Longobucco (St. Mary’s Board of Directors), Sister Mary Anne Heenan (St. Mary’s Board of Directors), Jyothi Rao, Dr. Govind Rao, Scott Bruce (President and CEO of St. Mary’s Healthcare), Duane Miller (St. Mary’s VP of Behavioral Health Services), Dr. Mohammad Ghazi (St. Mary’s Urologist and Board of Directors), Vic Giulianelli (past President and CEO of St. Mary’s Healthcare) take part in the groundbreaking for the Rao Pavilion expansion project. (Photo submitted


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