An international engineering consulting firm will be performing a comprehensive study to determine the best use for the current Mohawk Valley Health System campuses.

CHA Consulting will look at the potential reuse of the three man MVHS campuses -- St, Luke's, St. Elizabeth and Faxton.

Based on prior assessments, MVHS has indicated the Faxton campus - which provides cancer treatment, outpatient rehabilitation and a variety of other services - will likely remain open.

However, Faxton will be included in the study, which will begin in the next few weeks.

MVHS officials say they want to start to get a better idea of how the old buildings can be used once they move to their new downtown Utica location.

"Since we announced the new hospital project, one of the main questions from the community has been 'what will happen to the old facilities,'" said Robert Scholefield, executive vice president/COO for MVHS. "An important component of the study will involve community input. I see this as a vital piece of the study as it provides those who live near the current facilities the ability to provide input as to how the old buildings should be used. I'm excited for this study to begin so we can start to gain a better idea of how the old buildings can be used once we move to the new facility."

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