Vassar Brothers Medical Center Patient Pavilion to open this January


Vassar Brothers Medical Center Patient Pavilion to open in January

Facility includes 294 private rooms, emergency and trauma center and 13 advanced surgical suites

Poughkeepsie, NY — January 5, 2021 — The doors to a new healthcare experience will open when Vassar Brothers Medical Center welcomes its first patients to its long-awaited patient pavilion. The medical center will open its new Emergency Department and Trauma Center on Jan. 9, 2021, and the remainder of the pavilion on Jan. 11.

Patients who are sick or recovering from surgery will stay in quiet, spacious private suites with room for their family members to spend the night, once COVID-19 visitation restrictions are lifted.

A highly skilled medical staff will care for the community in advanced operating suites and private recovery rooms designed for healing.

The expansive emergency and trauma center — with triple the amount of exam and treatment rooms — is designed to cut down wait times and put doctors directly at the bedside.

“Vassar Brothers Medical Center has been an integral part of this community for nearly 135 years and we will transform how people receive healthcare in the Hudson Valley with this pavilion,” medical center President Peter Kelly said. “This is about providing the privacy and healing environment our community members deserve.”

“We are grateful for the partnership and support from the many people who have made this possible, including the city, county and state governments, our generous donors and the thousands of patients who make Vassar Brothers Medical Center their hospital of choice,” said Dr. John M. Murphy, president and CEO of Nuvance Health.

The largest construction project in City of Poughkeepsie history, the pavilion is eight floors and 752,000 square feet, with 294 patient rooms to recover in from a surgery or illness.

The innovative building has a distinctive shape that follows the topography of the Hudson River, with design elements that include an S-curve, stone and mosaics that reflect the area.

“This is a picturesque, modern, innovative building, ushering in a new era of safe, high-quality healthcare,” Kelly said.

The individual patient rooms are double the size of the legacy hospital’s semiprivate rooms. They provide ample space for families and visitors to encourage patient-centered healing and care. The pavilion also incorporates the latest in sustainable design and is expected to receive LEED certification for energy efficiency.

The building sits on the 9-acre medical center campus adjacent to Route 9 and the Hudson River and connects to the main campus. The design features amenities to enable doctors, nurses and care teams to deliver high-quality, safe patient care.

“When you see it from Route 9 or the Mid-Hudson Bridge or even the Walkway Over the Hudson, it’s clear our pavilion is a new landmark and asset for the Hudson Valley community,” Kelly said.

The building includes:

  • 264 private rooms on four floors.
  • A 30-room Intensive Care Unit.
  • An emergency and trauma center with 66 treatment rooms and ample parking for ambulances and the public.
  • A flexible conference center that accommodates up to 300 people for use by the public and service groups.
  • A 220-seat cafeteria with outdoor dining.
  • 13 surgical suites.
  • Green roofs to assist in water management and patient views.
  • A rooftop helicopter landing pad.

Vassar Brothers Medical Center has served the Hudson Valley since 1887. For the latest information about the Patient Pavilion, visit



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About Nuvance Health

Nuvance Health is a family of award-winning nonprofit hospitals and healthcare professionals in the Hudson Valley and western Connecticut. Nuvance Health combines highly skilled physicians, advanced facilities and technology, and compassionate caregivers dedicated to providing quality care across a variety of clinical areas, including Cardiovascular, Neurosciences, Oncology, Orthopedics, and Primary Care.

Nuvance Health has a network of convenient hospital and outpatient locations — Danbury Hospital, New Milford Hospital, Norwalk Hospital and Sharon Hospital in Connecticut, and Northern Dutchess Hospital, Putnam Hospital and Vassar Brothers Medical Center in New York — plus multiple primary and specialty care physician practice locations, including The Heart Center, a leading provider of cardiology care, and two urgent care offices. Non-acute care is offered through various affiliates, including the Thompson House for rehabilitation and skilled nursing services, and the Home Care organizations. For more information about Nuvance Health, visit our website.


VBMC Exterior.jpg: The entrance to the new Emergency and Trauma Center is seen. The Emergency and Trauma Center opens January 9, 2021.

ED Nursing Station: The new Emergency and Trauma Center has nursing stations with ample sightlines into exam rooms.

ED Waiting Room: The new Emergency and Trauma Center has a large waiting room and multiple entry points to help with flow of people into the area that includes 66 exam rooms.

Main Concourse: A main concourse runs along the first floor of the patient pavilion, giving visitors and staff easy access to the cafeteria and conference center. It also connects to the legacy hospital.

Main Lobby: The main lobby of the patient pavilion has a concierge desk. Beyond this area is a meditation room, gift shop and four public elevators that lead to all patient floors.

Outdoor dining: An outdoor area will have space for dining in warm weather and a walking path with views of the Hudson River.

Patient Room 7th Floor: Floors 4, 5, 6 and 7 include 264 private patient rooms with ample space to provide care at the bedside, a walk-in shower and an area for families and visitors when restrictions are lifted post-pandemic.

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