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Summit Park Hospital may turn into health, human services hub for Rockland

County Executive Ed Day proposes ‘smarter’ approach to facility once ‘bleeding red ink’

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In Rockland County Executive Ed Day's State of the County address Tuesday night, a proposal impacting the former Summit Park Hospital and Nursing Care Center.

While the health department and health clinics still occupy this building in Pomona, the nursing care center closed in December after a several-million-dollar deal with a buyer fell through. Now, County Executive Ed Day says it's time to put the building to good use.

"The facility was bleeding red ink, drowning in debt, and it was taking us down with it. Regrettably and without a buyer, we had no choice but to cease operations," Day said.

He is proposing to turn the 365 thousand square-foot building into a "hub" for health and human services. Nonprofit agencies would also be able to rent out space.

Physical and behavioral health, as well as human services would all join under this roof. Day says it is part of the administration’s push for a "smaller" and "smarter" approach to government.

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