U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $22,207,274.93 in federal funding for Northwell Health Inc. in New York City. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and will be used to cover previous COVID-19 response and operational costs. Specifically, the funding will be used to cover the costs of cleaning supplies for facility sanitization, medical supplies and PPE including masks, gloves, gowns, coveralls, face shields, shoe covers and testing supplies.
“I’m proud to deliver these vital federal funds to help cover the massive costs of increased protective measures needed to safely care for COVID-19 patients throughout the pandemic,” said Senator Schumer. “We must continue to support our local hospitals and health centers as we work to mitigate the spread of coronavirus and recover from this health and economic crisis. I will continue to prioritize the safety of our healthcare workers and facilities when fighting for federal funding.”
“New York City’s frontline workers, hospitals, and health centers continue to be stretched thin by the surge of COVID-19 cases and need immediate federal aid,” said Senator Gillibrand. “This federal funding will provide Northwell Health Inc. with the PPE and equipment needed to increase the safety of both patients and providers, and help mitigate further spread of COVID-19. I’m proud to fight for funding that will help New York’s health care professionals keep our communities safe during this unprecedented health crisis.”
Northwell Health, Inc. is New York’s largest healthcare provider, employing over 74,000 employees in over 800 hospitals and healthcare centers. Northwell Health Inc. played a critical role in executing New York State’s COVID-19 testing plan early in the pandemic and has provided resources and support including medical supply distribution, medical care for management control, and reduction of immediate threats to public health and safety. This Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funding is authorized under Section 403 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act.