New York State Health Commissioner Richard Daines announced 13 additional awards totaling $161 million to assist hospitals and nursing homes in complying with the mandates of the Commission on the Health Care Facilities in the 21st Century.
This second round of grants comes from total funding of up to $550 million that was earmarked for implementing the provisions of the commission, also known as the Berger Commission, which was charged with "rightsizing" New Yorks financially ailing hospital and nursing-home industries. Funding was made available through the Health Care Efficiency and Affordability Law for New Yorkers and the Federal-State Health Reform Partnership. In September 2007, the health department awarded $362.3 million in funding for other implementation efforts. The funds cover expenses related to reconfigurations, conversion, downsizing or closings.
The grants include $50 million to two Schenectady hospitals, 351-bed Ellis Hospital and 136-bed St. Clares Hospital of Schenectady, to join under a single unified governance structure and develop an integrated health system; and $65 million to Kaleida Health in Buffalo to close Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital. -- by Cinda Becker
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