Applications

All current applications and reviews are posted here to ensure transparency and increase awareness.

Recent Applications


Project Date Proposal Status / Final Outcome
5/19/2021 Construction and Certification of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Beds
Strong Memorial Hospital (SMH) proposes the filing of a full review Certificate of Need application for the construction and addition of 11 physical medicine and rehabilitation beds to the operating certificate of Strong Memorial Hospital
Application Under Review
2/5/2021 Renovation of an existing office suite to serve as inpatient and outpatient imaging services and imaging support spaces

Strong Memorial Hospital Renovate an existing office suite to serve as inpatient and outpatient imaging services and imaging support spaces, including use of CT, X-Ray and a new MRI machine.  

The CTAAB members have recommend approval of the application based on the following considerations:

  • While data do not suggest the addition of an MRI is warranted, access to high-quality patient care takes precedent.  The addition of the MRI may improve patient outcomes.
  • Providing access to new technical and advanced surgery techniques will benefit the community at large. 
  • The addition of the MRI will decrease the need for nightshift MRI scans, which could positively impact night shift staffing.
 
10/13/2020 Construction and Certification of Medical/Surgical Beds at the St. Mary's Campus to operate as a Long Term Acute Care Hospital

Certify 57 medical/surgical beds (for a new certified total of 97 bed) at the St. Mary's Campus, 89 Genesee St, Rochester, NY 14611, which will operate as a Long Term Acute Care Hospital (LTACH), and change the name of the Division to Unity Specialty Hospital. 

Based on information available, CTAAB concluded there is a need for the proposed LTACH

  • Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, there was an increasing trend of long-term care acute care patients within the inpatient setting of the hospital
  • Currently, the closest LTACH is located 162 miles away, out of state in Pennsylvania
  • An LTACH has the potential to better serve patients needing longer, more complex care without stressing current acute care hospital capacity
8/3/2020 Strong Memorial Hospital - Certification and construction of a new single specialty orthopedic ambulatory surgery center extension clinic & Certification of a new extension clinic to provide imaging and physical therapy services

Strong Memorial Hospital proposes to certify and construct a new single specialty (orthopedic) ambulatory surgery center extension and an extension clinic to provide imaging and physical therapy services to be located at Miracle Mile Drive, Rochester, NY.

Based on information available, CTAAB concluded need for the proposed addition based on the following considerations and contingency:

•  There is a continuing shift of procedures from inpatient to outpatient both locally and nationally.

•  Current projections anticipate an increasing need for additional ambulatory surgical space.

• Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, patterns of care have shifted dramatically.  The long-term ramifications of the pandemic are unclear, as are its impact on need predictions.  As such, staff respectively request the applicant return at the time of opening (anticipated 2022) to provide an update to the board on the opening and closing of other ambulatory surgery rooms.  

 
7/23/2019 Highland Hospital Tower Construction

Highland Hospital proposes the construction of a four (4) story tower addition on top of the three-story southeast wing, to add additional private medical/surgical beds with no change to total certified beds.  

Based on the information available, CTAAB concluded that there is a need for the proposed addition.

  • Highland demonstrates a need to modernize facilities as the current infrastructure was designed over 90 years ago.
  • There is no change in capacity to the hospital or community for inpatient or outpatient services.
  • Shift of services from double to single occupancy rooms may allow for higher occupancy rates, potentially reducing need for future bed expansions.

 

7/9/2019 Rochester Regional Health Open MRI of the Finger Lakes

Based on the information available, CTAAB recommends the approval of the application based on the following considerations:

  • Non-hospital based MRI availability may help reduce financial burden for patients.
  • Patients currently traveling to Clifton Springs Hospital and Newark-Wayne Community Hospital for MRI services may instead be diverted to Finger Lakes Bone and Joint, alleviating some travel burden on patients.
  • The MRI devices that are currently operating near capacity in the central Finger Lakes region could experience some reflief with the approval of participating provider status.
9/18/2018 FF Thompson - Bed Conversion and Renovations

FF Thompson proposes to convert five Medical/Surgical beds to five Intensive Care beds and perform renovations to create a new 12-bed Intensive Care Unit (ICU) on the first floor and an outpatient pulmonary clinic on the ground floor of the hospital.

CTAAB concluded that there is a need for the proposed ICU expansion.

  • There is demonstrated community need for the addition of ICU capacity.
  • There appears to be the potential for continued growth for need of ICU services based on historical projections.
  • Patients currently traveling to Rochester from Ontario and other rural counties may be diverted to F.F. Thompson, alleviating some travel burden on patients.
 
8/24/2018 University of Rochester Medical Center - Deployment of Mobile Stroke Unit

URMC proposes to deploy a Mobile Stroke Unit, with mobile CT scanner, to expedite stroke care in Rochester, NY.

CTAAB concluded that there is a need for the proposed mobile stroke unit.

  • The MSU does not create any additional risks for stroke patients.
  • The MSU has demonstrated positive impact on decreasing the time to delivery of tPA and increasing tPA administration rates.
  •  As the current funding source for the project is philanthropic, there is no recommendation related to cost at this time.
  • Although, clinical utility and cost to benefit ratios are unclear at this time, there is a reason to believe that patients will benefit from this technology and that it will improve outcomes and costs.
  • The recommendation is made with the understanding that this unit will be a community resource and utilization and transport data will be made publicly available.
 
4/13/2018 Brighton Surgery Center- Expansion and addition of surgical services

Brighton Surgery Center proposes the expansion of the two surgical suites and the addition of Ophthalmology surgical services. 

CTAAB concluded that there is a need for the proposed services

  • Additional operating rooms are required to accommodate commitments from community surgeons to perform surgery at this site;
  • The capital cost and scope of the project is relatively insignificant;
  • There is value in maintaining an independent, multi-specialty ASC for use by the physicians in the community; and
  • The applicant will achieve greater efficiency in scheduling with the additional rooms, increasing their availability to meet the needs of surgeons and patients in the community.
2/16/2018 Nicholas H. Noyes- Addition of New Services

Nicholas H. Noyes proposes to transition a PET/CT scanner operating at Science Park in Rochester, NY to support Ann and Carl Myers Cancer Center which serves the Southern Tier.

CTAAB concluded that there is a need for the proposed services

  • Added capacity will reduce travel time with limited incremental capital costs
  • Increased regional access with the potential to decrease scans completed in off hours