St. Mary’s in Amsterdam seeks to expand hospital pharmacy – The Daily Gazette


AMSTERDAM – St. Mary’s Healthcare is planning a $ 1.5 million expansion of its hospital pharmacy.

St. Mary’s recently applied to the State Department of Health for a Certificate of Need that would allow the project to continue at its facility at 427 Guy Park Avenue.

He said the refurbishment of the space on the first floor of the main hospital building would expand and modernize the existing pharmacy. The work is designed in part to achieve USP 797 and USP 800 compliance.

The two standards maintained by the USP – the United States Pharmacopoeia, an independent scientific organization – focus on safety; 797 protects drugs from contamination during the preparation process and 800 protects workers from contact with hazardous drugs.

St. Mary’s is proposing to renovate 1,514 square feet of space that contains the existing pharmacy and nursing education offices.

He said the existing pharmacy was adequate, but expanding program requirements and upcoming regulatory updates make expansion and replacement of some equipment necessary.

He said construction work is expected to take about four months and cost $ 1,526,616.

St. Mary’s Healthcare also uses the old Amsterdam Memorial Hospital campus off Route 30 for medical services; the two hospitals merged ten years ago.

St. Mary’s is part of Ascension Healthcare, which, with facilities in 20 states, is the largest Catholic hospital system in the country.

In 2017, St. Mary’s Healthcare recorded 427,639 outpatient visits and admitted 7,315 patients. It had approximately 1,600 full and part-time employees, 200 volunteers and a budget of approximately $ 173 million.

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