A new birth in Putnam
NY Journal News
June 30, 2008
After completing its fourth major expansion in a
little more than a decade, Putnam Hospital Center
in Carmel has doubled in size and increased exponentially
in medical sophistication. The only hospital in Putnam
County, it is now able to provide highly specialized
health-care services that residents used to have
to travel out of the county's borders to receive.
That's good news for Putnam, particularly in an era
of increasing pressure on medical facilities, when
a hospital could as easily close as expand.
The latest addition to Putnam Hospital Center is
the new five-story Camarda Care Center, which has
two floors devoted to cancer treatment and diagnosis,
and boasts specialized equipment for radiation and
CT scans, and rooms for services like genetics counseling
and consultation. For the first time, patients will
be able to receive radiation therapy at the hospital,
a particular convenience since patients receiving
radiation often need daily visits. The center will
also add 70 well-appointed private patient rooms,
doctors' offices, and a community auditorium for
hosting public and professional medical forums.
The new wing follows more than $20 million worth
of renovations in the past decade, including a birthing
center, a new emergency room, and a three-story wing
for ambulatory surgery, outpatient radiology, physical
therapy and doctor's offices.
The $34 million Camarda Care Center was funded through
public funds and private donations, including $500,000
from a foundation set up by Paul Camarda, one of
Putnam County's most active developers. It is heartening
to see such community partnerships, to see those
businesses that contributed to the growth of the
county pitch in to help provide the services a larger
Like Putnam County itself, it's hard to remember
the sleepy little community hospital that Putnam
Hospital Center once was.