Hospital takes wraps off $34M Camarda center
NY Journal News
June 27, 2008
CARMEL - Officials at Putnam Hospital Center yesterday
unveiled a new, $34 million building, capping the
hospital's largest expansion in history.
The Camarda Care Center, named after developer Paul
Camarda, is a five-story, 113,000-square-foot structure
next to the hospital's main tower. It includes 70
private patient rooms, a cancer treatment center,
physician offices and a 96-seat community auditorium.
"Historically, it's always been 'go south to
New York City,' but now patients won't have to go
anywhere to receive top-notch medical care," said
Michael Weber, president and chief executive officer
of Health Quest, the hospital's parent network.
In the past 10 years, the hospital has more than
doubled in size in an attempt to keep pace with the
building boom seen in the rest of Putnam County.
Hospital officials began planning the new center
four years ago.
The hospital is the largest employer in Putnam.
Pending approvals from the state Department of Health,
patients can expect to be admitted into the new building
later in the summer.
For the first time, the hospital will offer patients
radiation therapy in the Agarwal Center for Radiation
Oncology. Previously, doctors had to refer cancer
patients to other facilities.
There was a demand for a cancer center in the area,
said Elizabeth Gomez, the hospital's director of
In 2007, Putnam Hospital Center saw 453 cancer cases.
That number has been steadily rising by more than
20 cases yearly, Gomez said.
"When you are receiving radiation, you have
to come every single day for treatment. You don't
want to drive an hour and a half into New York City
for that," Gomez said. "We have more people
in Putnam now, but more importantly we have more
aging people here now."
The hospital received about $15 million in donations
from individual community members, in addition to
federal and state grants.
The new center boasts a large, glass lobby with
a grand piano and fireplaces, modern patient rooms
and hallways with dark wood and an earth tone color
scheme. Officials said hotel-like furnishings would
soon be delivered.
The radio-oncology suite includes a $4.5 million
Trilogy linear accelerator and a 4-slice CT scanner.
The private patient rooms, quickly becoming the
standard in the area, will have flat-screen televisions,
private baths and two sinks for infection control.
About 400 new parking spaces were created in the
hospital's 44-acre campus.