AMSTERDAM — St. Mary’s Healthcare is planning a $1.5 million expansion of its hospital pharmacy.
St. Mary’s recently submitted a request to the state Department of Health for a certificate of need that would allow the project to proceed at its 427 Guy Park Ave. facility.
It said renovation of first-floor space at the main hospital building would expand and upgrade the existing pharmacy there. The work is designed in part to ensure USP 797 and USP 800 compliance.
The two standards maintained by USP — the United States Pharmacopeia, an independent scientific organization —are safety-oriented; 797 protects drugs from contamination during the compounding process and 800 protects workers from contact with hazardous medications.
St. Mary’s proposes to renovate 1,514 square feet of space that contains the current pharmacy and nursing education offices.
It said the existing pharmacy has been adequate but expanding program requirements and upcoming regulatory updates make the expansion and some equipment replacement necessary.
It said the construction work is projected to take about four months and cost $1,526,616.
St. Mary’s Healthcare also uses the former Amsterdam Memorial Hospital campus off Route 30 for medical services; the two hospitals merged a decade ago.
St. Mary’s is part of Ascension Healthcare, which with facilities in 20 states is the nation’s largest Catholic hospital system.
In 2017, St. Mary's Healthcare recorded 427,639 outpatient visits and admitted 7,315 patients. It had about 1,600 full- and part-time employees, 200 volunteers and a roughly $173 million budget.