March 4, 2016
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces More Than $672 Million in Funding to Strengthen and Improve Health Care in New York City

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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 $672.9 million in grant awards for 73 projects that will dramatically transform and improve the delivery of health care in New York City. 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."

 

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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.‎"

 Click here to view a list of the awardees.

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.” 

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 Diane Savino said, "The awards announced today will help us to truly transform health care throughout the State. While I am very pleased they will support important projects in my Senate District and across New York City they will also help to strengthen the healthcare delivery systems in rural, urban and suburban regions all across the State.  These awards will result in better care, at lower costs.”

Assemblyman Michael Blake said, "There is no question that making needed infrastructure investments for our hospitals in ensuring that patients receive the best quality health they deserve.  I thank Governor Cuomo for working with all of us to deliver this critical capital and infrastructure improvements funding that will have an immediate impact on our entire community."

Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz said, "I commend the State Health Department for awarding these monies and finally acknowledging that Maimonides is an integral part of Brooklyn’s health care system,” said Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz, a member of the Assembly’s Health Committee, of the grants totaling more than $44 million awarded to Maimonides Medical Center. “In all, these grants to worthwhile health care institutions and community-based facilities will ensure that the people of Brooklyn and all of New York State continue to receive quality health care in the years to come.”

Assemblymember Victor M. Pichard said, “I’m pleased the state has awarded much-needed funding to hospitals throughout the Bronx, including several projects within the communities I represent. This investment in our healthcare is of critical importance and will support necessary infrastructure upgrades and renovations, technology updates, and provide my neighbors with improved access to essential health services.”

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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