Comprehensive Cancer Center coming to Oneida


ONEIDA — An comprehensive care cancer center is coming to Oneida when it receives its share of the $101.4 million promised by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to improve health care in Central New York.

The money is part of the $1.5 billion pledged by Cuomo to help state health care providers improve healthcare delivery.

“We have a responsibility to continue to make critical capital and infrastructure improvements that transform our health care system into one of sustainability with a deep focus on improving patient care and delivery of vital services,” Cuomo said.

Oneida Healthcare Center will receive $6,750,000 towards a comprehensive cancer center it will undertake with Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Roswell Park is located in Buffalo and is upstate New York’s only certified comprehensive cancer center. The partnership will allow Oneida Healthcare Center to expand the scope of its care.

Representatives from both Oneida Healthcare Center and Roswell Park were unavailable to comment this morning on the timing or the size of the project.

Other area care providers will benefit from the funding. They include the State University of New York Health Science Center at Syracuse, which will receive $70,581,969 for ambulatory car regulation.

Also, St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center will receive $20 million towards debt restructuring and primary care/behavioral health initiative, and Liberty Resources will receive $625,000 to expand its integrated services.

“These funds will help us balance system-wide reforms with the preservation of essential health care services during this time of change,” State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker said.

The money is provided through the Capital Restructuring Financing Program and Essential Health Care Provider Support Program.

Cuomo created both programs to support the Delivery System Reform Initiative Program (DSRIP), the main mechanism for investing the $7.3 billion in Medicaid savings that resulted from the groundbreaking waiver between New York and the federal government in 2014.

The goals of DSRIP include reducing health care costs, improving the health of New Yorkers, reducing avoidable hospital admissions and emergency room visits by 2020 and ensuring the financial sustainability of safety net health care providers.


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