December 14, 2009

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Final Congressional Passage For $300,000 For Erie County Medical Center Corporation

Funding Is Part Of House And Senate Omnibus Appropriations Bill Passed By House Last Week And Senate Over The Weekend

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand announced that both houses of Congress have passed the FY 2010 Omnibus Appropriations bill which includes $300,000 to the Erie County Medical Center Corporation for the establishment of a Women's Bone Health Center. The funding was included as part of the FY2010 Omnibus Appropriations bill.  The bill passed the House last week and the Senate over the weekend and now awaits the President's signature.

"Funding for the Erie County Medical Center is a wise investment in the short and long term," said Schumer. "By focusing on early prevention, we can combat disease onset and ensure the health of seniors in the community and the establishment of a top-notch bone health center in will attract qualified specialists to the region, further improving healthcare services for Western New Yorkers."

"It is critical that we invest in the life-saving care at the new Women's Bone Health Canter at the Erie County Medical Center," said Senator Gillibrand. "These federal dollars will help with medical diagnosis and treatment and cutting edge care. This is critical funding to improve health care for women in Western New York."

The Women's Bone Health Center will provide superior musculoskeletal care to patients in the Buffalo Niagara Region. This Center will be a joint effort between the departments of Primary Care, Orthopedics, Geriatrics, Rheumatology, Radiology, Neurosurgery, Physiatry and Rehabilitation Medicine, and will integrate clinical care with teaching and research.

Western New York's aging population is in dire need of a center of this type.  Although these services are currently being provided, the care is fragmented and can be difficult to navigate.  The new Center will provide a one-stop approach to total patient care.  From pre-admission testing to registration, operative experience, post-op recovery, and rehab, an entire team will work together toward the best possible outcome for the patient. The region is predicted to have greater than 16 % of its population over age 65 by the year 2030.  By providing care and education to this population  - specifically in terms of osteoporosis, obesity, and women's health issues, the center can improve the health status of the population prior to disease onset. The center will provide, under one room, a Rehabilitation Center, a Community Education Center, and a patient advocacy center.

The appropriation was originally included in the Senate FY2010 Labor, Health, and Human Services and Education (LHHS) Appropriations Bill. Last week that bill was combined with 5 other appropriations bill into the FY 2010 Omnibus Appropriations bill.  The omnibus bill passed the House last week and the Senate over the weekend.