Samaritan buys two buildings, no plans yet

716 and 720 Washington Street, purchased by Samaritan Medical Center in 2022.
716 and 720 Washington Street, purchased by Samaritan Medical Center in 2022.(Source: WWNY)
Published: Jul. 27, 2022 at 2:12 PM EDT
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WATERTOWN, New York (WWNY) - Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown is preparing for its future, with the purchase of two properties.

Samaritan purchased the buildings - at 716 and 720 Washington Street - for more than half a million dollars.

There are no definitive plans yet for using the properties. Leslie DiStefano from Samaritan says there are a variety of options, ranging from making space for more parking to adding a new building.

DiStefano told 7 News the purchases are part of Samaritan’s vision for growth, which took a back seat during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Now that we’re certainly living with COVID, and understanding and operating with it, but we’re getting back to some of those strategic initiatives, and buying property like this very close to the hospital, obviously we have the opportunity to look at it,” she said.

DiStefano says the hospital is continuing to work with the community, and state to learn how to best use the new space.

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