July 30, 2009

Gillibrand, Schumer Announce Key Senate Panel Approves $150,000 to Upgrade Technologies At Westchester Medical Center

Federal Dollars Will Help Provide More Coordinated, Higher Quality Care for Hudson Valley Families

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles E. Schumer today announced that the Senate Appropriations Committee approved $150,000 to upgrade technologies at Westchester Medical Center. Senators Gillibrand and Schumer aggressively lobbied members of the Appropriations Committee to include funding for the project in this year's spending bill.

"It is critical that we invest in the life-saving technologies at our world class medical facilities in Westchester," said Senator Gillibrand. "These federal dollars will help deliver the technology we need to provide higher quality care for New York families. This is critical funding to improve care and help with medical diagnosis and treatment."

"This funding is just what the doctor ordered," said Schumer. "These funds will ensure that Westchester Medical Center continues to provide the best healthcare in the area to help keep patients healthy and save lives. I will fight to see this funding through the appropriations process to ensure that New Yorkers receive the high quality healthcare they deserve."

Westchester Medical Center will use the $150,000 federal investment to upgrade technologies for its Picture Archiving and Communication System and the Radiology Information System - upgrades that will help provide more efficient, higher quality diagnostics, as well as help coordinate data registries and image distribution across the medical center and health care partners throughout the Hudson Valley.

The Appropriations Bill for Labor, Health and Human Services passed the full committee today. The legislation will head to the floor for a full vote before the Senate. The bill will then proceed to the House-Senate Conference Committee, before final passage in both chambers, and sent to the President to become law. Clearing the subcommittee is the biggest hurdle in the appropriations process.