Albany, NY (June 15, 2012)
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced $72.9 million in grants to ten hospitals and nursing homes in New York City, continuing efforts to transform the state’s health care system to improve patient care, reduce costs, and ensure that all New Yorkers have access to quality treatment.
The grants are made available through New York State's Health Care Efficiency and Affordability Law (HEAL NY). Statewide, the $301.1 million in HEAL NY grants will help 40 hospitals and nursing homes across the state improve primary and community-based care, eliminate excess bed capacity, and reduce over-reliance on inpatient care in hospitals and nursing homes. Included in these grants, $5.4 million in discretionary HEAL NY funding is being awarded to St. John's Episcopal Hospital to expand services after the recent closure of Peninsula General Hospital.
"As a result of the hard work of the Medicaid Redesign Team and our actions to transform the state's health care system, we have already taken important steps toward reducing costs and improving care for patients," Governor Cuomo said. "These grants to hospitals and nursing homes in New York City will help our health care facilities deliver better quality care in a more efficient and cost effective manner so all New Yorkers have access to the best care possible when it is needed."
The awards are allocated through the New York State Department of Health (DOH) and the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY) and are part of nearly $3 billion in funding that has been invested in health care reform through 20 separate HEAL NY phases over the past seven years.
The grants announced today will help implement recommendations from Governor Cuomo's Medicaid Redesign Team, including enabling health care facilities to deliver more efficient, higher quality care through restructuring, merging, and realigning operations.
Additionally, the awards will help develop collaborative projects among health care providers and will support capital projects, such as the conversion of hospital inpatient space to outpatient and ambulatory care and inpatient nursing home capacity to other less-restrictive forms of long-term care.
DOH received a diverse group of applications from throughout the state. Additional funding will be made available in future rounds to support additional projects including efforts to help develop a high-quality, financially secure and sustainable health system in Brooklyn.
State Health Commissioner Nirav R. Shah, M. D., M.P.H., said, "I commend these hospitals and nursing homes for their resourcefulness and effectiveness in reconfiguring their beds and services to achieve greater efficiency and to deliver care most appropriate to address the identified needs in their communities. These projects represent prime examples of how institutions - large and small alike - can leverage the opportunities presented by a health care system that is moving towards greater integration of services and new models of patient-centered care."
DASNY President Paul T. Williams, Jr. said, "DASNY is committed to working with Governor Cuomo, the Department of Health, and our health care partners across the State to provide the best possible outcome for New Yorkers. These grants will support improvements and collaborations that will strengthen services and deliver care that will benefit our communities."
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said, "This funding will raise the quality of care for health systems statewide. Beyond improving infrastructure and efficiency, the broader impact of this funding is the future health of our state. Across New York City, hospitals and health care providers will see almost $73 million in HEAL NY funding, a substantial investment that stands to make a major impact on our communities and neighborhoods."
Senator Andrew Lanza said, "I am pleased to report that Carmel Richmond Nursing Home and the Richmond University Medical Center have been awarded grants under the HEAL NY Program which supports transformational improvements to health care facilities across the State. These grants are very much needed and will improve healthcare services on Staten Island. I thank Governor Cuomo for working with my office and for his leadership and dedication in delivering these grants for the people of Staten Island."
Following is a list of HEAL NY awards for NYC:
New York City
HHC Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center $ 2,124,850
Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center/Brookdale University
Medical Center $ 21,425,000
The Brooklyn Hospital Center/Interfaith Hospital $ 1,000,000
St. Barnabas Hospital $ 5,100,000
Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center $ 2,851,044
Montefiore Medical Center $ 20,000,000
HHC Harlem Hospital Center $ 3,858,653
Carmel Richmond Nursing Home, Inc. $ 1,095,030
Richmond University Medical Center $ 10,000,000
St. John's Episcopal Hospital $ 5,357,680