First, a hospital needs a Certificate of Need. The certificate shows that the hospital meets a public need, is financially solvent, and is run by qualified people. Then, the hospital can apply for an Operating Certificate. The facility must meet all safety, staffing, and operational requirements.
Mental institutions and sanitariums are not covered by this certificate.
For more information, contact:
Division of Health Facility Planning
Office of Health Systems Management
Corning Tower, Empire State Plaza
Albany, NY 12206
Phone: (518) 473-7285