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Copley C.O.N. for Surgical Suite Approved by GMCB

February 15, 2016


The Green Mountain Care Board (GMCB) approved Copley Hospital’s Certificate of Need (CON) application to build a new surgical suit to replace its existing surgical suite.

Morrisville, VT…The Green Mountain Care Board (GMCB) today approved Copley Hospital’s Certificate of Need (CON) application to build a new surgical suite to replace its existing surgical suite which was built in 1979.

The $12.5 million project integrates all aspects of Copley’s surgical program into one suite, making every patient’s path toward optimum healing as easy and supportive as the experience can be and includes a dedicated waiting area for families. The project involves new construction to build the integrated Surgical Suite, renovation to the Outpatient Services Center’s Infusion Suite, and modifications to repurpose the current Operating Room (OR) space.

Copley’s new Surgical Suite will be built off the hospital’s main entrance, tucked in between the main lobby and the Rehabilitation Services building, and connecting to the back of Outpatient Services. The new integrated Surgical Suite will be a direct replacement of existing services with the goal of addressing space deficiencies and improving patient experience. The new Suite includes three (3) operating rooms, one (1) procedure room, central sterile and processing, 12 pre-operative and post- operative beds, a dedicated waiting area for families, a consultation room for physicians and family members, and expanded space for storage and support services. The Outpatient Services Center will house four infusion rooms.

Copley will fund the construction with a $7 million loan payable over twenty years, $2.3 million in working capital, and $3.2 million in community support, 75% of which it has already raised.

The board supported the need for the project and stated the project will serve the public good. It also acknowledged that the quality of care at Copley is high despite the crowded conditions and supported the new facility to optimize patient flow and improve the work environment, both of which positively affect the quality of care. The board also noted Copley had received significant community support for the project, receiving more than fifty written comments during the public comment period. The GMCB included conditions requiring implementation reports at six month intervals until all aspects of the project are complete and operational.

“We thank the GMCB and its staff for their valuable input as we have worked through the CON process,” said Copley Hospital CEO Melvyn Patashnick. “Their thoughtful questions helped us shape a replacement for our nearly 40 year-old operating room suite that we feel will meet the needs of our community for many years to come.”

Site work will begin this spring, with construction of the new Surgical Suite expected to be completed in December 2017.  Information about the new Surgical Suite is available  at

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