March 4, 2016
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces More than $155 Million in Funding to Strengthen and Improve Health Care in Western New York

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State investing a total of $1.5 billion to fund 162 projects statewide

Critical projects will improve patient care and make facilities more sustainable in the long term

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced $155.7 million in grant awards for 10 projects that will dramatically transform and improve the delivery of health care in Western New York. This funding is a portion of a $1.5 billion commitment made by New York State to help health care providers statewide fund critical capital and infrastructure improvements, as well as integrate and further develop health systems.

"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." Governor Cuomo said. "This funding allows them to do just that and is yet another example of how New York is leading the nation in adapting to meet 21stcentury health care needs."

The awards are being made through the Capital Restructuring Financing Program and Essential Health Care Provider Support Program. Both were created by Governor Cuomo to support the goals of the Delivery System Reform Incentive 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 25 percent by 2020, and ensuring the financial sustainability of safety net health care providers.

Senate Majority Leader John J. Flanagan said, "The significant investments announced today are an important step in helping many facilities start their transformation to an even better model of health care that will benefit all New Yorkers. With the ongoing support of Senate Health Committee Chairman Kemp Hannon, our Senate colleagues, and other partners in government, we will continue working with health care providers to help improve the quality of care in all communities as part of this system-wide transition."

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said, "Access to quality health care has always been a top priority for the Assembly Majority, and first rate hospitals and health care facilities are fundamentally important to communities everywhere. As the number of insured New Yorkers has gone up, the demand for quality health care has as well. This funding is critically important as it represents an opportunity for health care facilities to better meet the state’s needs and offer New Yorkers the best care possible."

Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said, "These significant investments in our healthcare systems will help improve access for all New Yorkers. I commend the governor and the New York State Department of health for providing this crucial funding . Together we must  ensure that all New Yorkers receive the best medical care possible.‎"

New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker said, "Restructuring New York's vast health care system will require extensive structural changes to our facilities as well as new approaches to the delivery of health care. These funds will help us balance system wide reforms with the preservation of essential health care services during this time of change."

Dormitory Authority of the State of New York President and CEO Gerrard P. Bushell said, “DASNY is proud to partner with the New York State Department of Health in administering these grants that support the transformation of health care across New York. A strong health care system underpins the economy of our great state by keeping New York competitive and healthy.”

The following providers will receive funding:

Provider

Total Funding

Project

Cuba Memorial Hospital

$4,689,250

Electronic Health Record Conversion Project (Upper Allegany Health System Affiliation Plan)

Brooks Hospital and TLC Health Network

$57,000,000

Northern Chautauqua and Southern Erie Healthcare Delivery Transformation Plan

WCA Hospital

$26,366,709

WCA Transformation Plan--Capital Projects

Catholic Health System, Inc.

$27,720,118

Integrated Delivery System for Population Health Management

Kaleida Health

$11,243,055

Pediatric and Maternal Ambulatory Care Center on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus

Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo

$20,000,000

John R. Oishei Children's Hospital

Eastern Niagara Hospital

$3,700,000

Debt Restructuring and Financial Stabilization Project

Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center

$1,059,744

Full Circle of Heart Care

Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center

$1,931,849

Center for Community Health

Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center

$2,000,000

Communities Health Innovation for Niagara--Post-Acute Cardiac/Stroke Unit

Senator Kemp Hannon, Chair of the Senate Health Committee, said, "The Department of Health is to be commended for the arduous task of evaluating the many complicated grant requests: making the awards based geographic considerations and innovative health care initiatives. The timeliness of the announcement is significant as it affords the Legislature and the Executive the opportunity to ascertain other institutions deserving of assistance, or awardees needing additional support, in the upcoming budget. The range and diversity of today's awards illustrates the challenge, which health policy makers face as they seek to improve and transform NY's health care system."

Senator Catharine Young said, "It's a brand new day for patients in the Western New York and the Southern Tier. Today’s announcement means a bright future for my hospitals, and these multi-million dollar awards will ensure access to high quality health care where we need it most – right here in our communities. I thank Governor Cuomo and the Department of Health for their commitment to protecting and preserving excellent health care for the people of our region."

Senator Tim Kennedy said, "While our doctors and nurses are doing everything in their power to save lives and provide the critical care that patients across Western New York deserve, we need to do everything in our power to ensure that they have the necessary equipment and resources at their fingertips to do their job successfully and efficiently. The funding announced today will allow them to do just that. I’m grateful to Governor Cuomo for recognizing that the way to provide first-class care to patients is by providing first-rate funding for the local hospitals responsible for their care."

Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes said, "This capital funding will go a long way in transforming our health care facilities that will result in improved patient care and delivery of vital care services that our community demands and deserves. I thank the Governor for standing with us to make this funding a reality and for his vision in making infrastructure improvements across the state a top priority."

Assemblyman John Ceretto said, “Providing our community with quality health care and state of the art facilities has and continues to be a priority for all of us.  Today’s announcement delivers on our commitment to invest in our hospitals to ensure that that all patients receive the highest care possible.  I thank the Governor and all our colleagues at every level of government for securing these vital funds that will have an immediate and direct impact on our community.”

Assemblyman Joseph Giglio said, "We are incredibly excited and grateful that the Governor is making these funds available for our rural hospitals." 

Assemblywoman Jane Corwin, "This investment is an example of our state’s continued efforts of increase access to health care though improving our hospital infrastructure and essential health services in Niagara County. The funding awarded to Eastern Niagara Hospital will go far in improving that care and enhance the quality of life for our residents. I would like to thank Governor Cuomo for his attention to our community."

City of Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown stated, "I am pleased that Catholic Health’s Integrated Delivery System for Population Health Management, Kaleida Health’s Pediatric and Maternal Ambulatory Care Center on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, as well as The John R. Oishei Children's Hospital have been awarded grants, totaling nearly $59 million, under Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Capital Restructuring Financing Program and Essential Health Care Provider Support Program. These grants are very much needed and will improve healthcare services at these medical facilities in Buffalo.  I thank Governor Cuomo for working with my office and for his leadership and dedication in delivering these grants to further improve the quality of life for the people of our city.”

Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan said, "I am thrilled to hear the news of the Governor's major health care investment in Chautauqua County. A strong health care system is essential for the quality of life for our citizens and keeps us on a path of growth and opportunity going forward."

Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster said, "Today's announcement of nearly $5 million of capital and programatic support to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center is a big win for the City of Niagara Falls. Re-admissions and unnecessary Emergency Room trips drive up the cost's of health care delivery. By investing in a community health care model, we not only save ever scarce tax payer dollars, but we also improve health care outcomes, raising the level of overall community health.  I applaud Governor Cuomo for his continued investment in the well being of all New Yorkers." 

Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas said, "On behalf of city residents, we are extremely grateful to the Governor for his continued attention toward our needs here in Northern Chautauqua County and the City of Dunkirk. This $57 million grant allocation will go a long way toward ensuring the kind of quality and affordable health care services upon which we depend and help further secure our community's future."

Greater New York Hospital Association president Kenneth E. Raske said, "These capital awards will enable hospitals to transform their care delivery models and provide better, more efficient patient care via projects that will improve infrastructure, promote integrated health systems, and expand primary care capacity. I thank and applaud Governor Cuomo for his leadership and steadfast support of New York’s hospital community."

Healthcare Association of New York State President Dennis Whalen said, "Capital investment is key for the successful transformation of New York’s healthcare system. HANYS thanks Governor Cuomo and the Department of Health for supporting the state’s providers with these critically needed funds that are essential to advancing the goals of healthcare reform and help improve our healthcare infrastructure."

Community Health Care Association of New York State President and CEO Elizabeth Swain said, "CHCANYS thanks Governor Cuomo and the Department of Health for the significant investment to support the expansion of primary care services throughout NYS. Federally Qualified Health Centers are critical partners in the State’s transformation efforts and we look forward to continuing to strengthen community based safety net providers."

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