PORT JERVIS — The state Department of Health has approved a plan to spend more than $40 million to transform Bon Secours Community Hospital into a medical village.

The approval was announced Wednesday by Bon Secours Charity Health System and Westchester Medical Center Health Network, of which Bon Secours is a member.

“Hospitals are community anchors that are expected to lead the way when it comes to health-care innovation,” Dr. Mary P. Leahy, CEO of Bon Secours Charity Health System, said in a statement. “The Bon Secours Community Hospital project will be a beacon for a healthier Port Jervis.”

The project will bring to the Bon Secours campus an expanded, state-of-the-art emergency department with 10,000 square feet of space; an expanded lounge for patients and family members; an upgraded imaging center with world-leading diagnostic technologies; a redesigned bariatric center; and a centrally located pharmacy.

Bon Secours will collaborate with partners, including Cornerstone Care and the Orange County Department of Mental Health Services, to provide comprehensive care in one convenient location.

The state awarded a $24.5 million grant toward the cost of the renovations. The $20 million balance of the construction costs will be paid for by Westchester and Bon Secours.

The first phase of the project, renovating and expanding the emergency department and redesigning the bariatric center, is scheduled to begin in May. A groundbreaking ceremony will take place in April.

The entire project is expected to be completed in 2020.

Westchester and Bon Secours already have invested about $2 million in equipment upgrades and capital improvements on the Bon Secours campus and in the area surrounding the hospital.

This is one of several projects Westchester Medical Center Health Network is undertaking in the Hudson Valley. It recently announced a $133.8 million project at HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley in Kingston, including an expansion and enhancement of the Mary’s Avenue hospital and a medical village at the Broadway campus.

mrandall@th-record.com