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Hospital gets $3M for improvements

Posted 8/1/19

A pair of area health facilities are slated to receive a combined $6 million under a state program, according to an announcement by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s office Wednesday. The Statewide Health …

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Hospital gets $3M for improvements

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A pair of area health facilities are slated to receive a combined $6 million under a state program, according to an announcement by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s office Wednesday.

The Statewide Health Care Facility Transformation Program will give $3,051,469 to Rome Memorial Hospital and $3,235,065 to Sitrin Healthcare Center in New Hartford.

In Rome, the money is earmarked for “capital improvements” aimed at expanding both “program and rehabilitation services” and the “senior behavioral health unit” at the hospital’s nursing home.

“We are grateful that Rome Memorial Hospital has been awarded capital funding to assist us in making investments in services for the benefit of our community,” said hospital President and CEO David Lundquist.

“We are appreciative of the elected officials who advocated on our behalf to help us secure this funding. Now that we know the award amount, we will be able to refine and finalize our project plans,” he added.

Senator Joseph A. Griffo, R-47, Rome and Assemblywoman Marianne Buttenschon, D-119, Marcy released a joint statement on the funding on Wednesday. “We are pleased that Rome Memorial Hospital will be receiving more than $3 million as part of the Statewide Healthcare Facility Transformation program, and we will continue to advocated for and work to secure additional funding for the health care facility,” they said.

“The funding announced today will help Rome Memorial to make important capital improvements that will allow it to expand programming and services and will benefit citizens of the city of Rome and the surrounding communities,” the joint statement added.

At Sitrin, the money is slated to go toward modernization of facilities and technology upgrades, including “a new electronic health record system to enhance operational efficiency,” according to the state Department of Health.

Per the governor’s office, the program will “improve patient care through the development of high-quality medical facilities and programs serving the inpatient, primary care, mental health, substance use disorder and long-term care needs of communities throughout the state.”

More than $187 million in funding under the program was announced Wednesday, to support 25 healthcare facilities across New York.

“While the federal administration continues its years-long campaign to curb critical healthcare protections, we are doubling down on our commitment to ensuring New Yorkers have access to the high-quality and affordable care they need,” Cuomo said in the release.

“These investments will continue to build a modern, sustainable and full integrated healthcare infrastructure centered on improving the well-being of all New Yorkers,” he added.

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