Nuvance Health’s new 752,610-square-foot patient pavilion at Vassar Brothers Medical Center is the largest single construction project in the history of Poughkeepsie and will transform healthcare in the Hudson Valley. The new pavilion has 264 private patient rooms, 30 critical care rooms, a 66-room emergency department, 12 surgical suites and a 300-seat conference center. The private patient rooms offer more than twice the space per patient than current semi-private patient rooms. The eight-story building was originally slated to rise only seven stories, but with space in mind, and after further evaluation of community needs, another floor was added. The pavilion’s distinctive curved shape follows the aesthetic of the adjacent Hudson River. The building was designed and constructed to not only maximize patient care and comfort, but to deliver environmental benefits as well. A myriad of sustainable design elements are featured throughout, and the pavilion anticipates to achieve LEED certification.