Ellis has looked to update the facility to make it more efficient since the Berger Commission mandated Bellevue and St. Clare's Hospital to close and be taken over by Ellis in 2007.
"As part of the whole consolidation, it has been the goal to reconfigure services and make sense of where those services are," said Evans. "When three hospitals became one, it was an opportunity to look at the services and how are we going to reconfigure them."
Evans said Ellis has been involved with Niskayuna for around a year and wanted to make sure residents could be informed of the progress.
"We started this community outreach and updates when we consolidated our three hospitals into one," said Evans. "We felt that it was really important to reach out to the community."
For the project, Ellis has received a certificate of need from the state and the state historical preservation office endorsed the project. The mansion was constructed in the 1920s as a private home, and in 1942 it was converted for hospital usage.
"As part of this project, we are committed to honoring Bellevue's rich history and reflect the unique character and tradition of the hospital and we are going to do that through thoughtful design of the new building," said Evans.
Work on the project is expected to begin in the fall with a completion date scheduled for spring 2013.
In July, Ellis medicine launched a new OB/GYN Hospitalist program, which includes a team of experienced, board-certified obstetricians on-site 24/7 at Bellevue to deliver babies if a patient's own physician can't be present. Also, they could handle any emergencies that might arise.""