June 29, 2009

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce over $5 Million in Recovery Act Funding Coming to Five Health Centers in Finger Lakes Region for Construction, Repair and Renovation Projects

Funding Will Be Used to Construct and Repair Facilities, Purchase Cutting-Edge Equipment, Implement e-Health Records

Today, United States Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced a total of $5,172,510 in American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) funding for five health care centers in the Finger Lakes region as part of the Capital Improvement Program (CIP).  The funding will be used to build new facilities, renovate existing structures, purchase cutting-edge equipment and implement electronic health records. 

"This funding is just what the doctor ordered," said Schumer. "These funds will ensure that the Finger Lakes region continues to have the best health care facilities in the nation and it will provide an economic boost to the local economy by creating construction jobs. I am proud to have worked so hard to secure this essential funding to ensure that New Yorkers receive the world-class healthcare they deserve."

"This is the right investment for Rochester-Finger Lakes Region," said Senator Gillibrand. "These federal dollars will support job creation and provide critical updates for these medical centers so we can move forward on cutting edge research and new medical breakthroughs. I will continue to work with Senator Schumer to ensure that New York receives its fair share of federal dollars."

The funding will be allocated to the following facilities:

  • $827,235 to Oak Orchard Community Health Center, Inc. in Brockport
  • $485,690 to Finger Lakes Migrant Health Project in Penn Yan
  • $1,027,840 to Westside Health Services, Inc. in Rochester
  • $2,500,000 to Rochester Primary Care Network
  • $331,655 to Unity Hospital of Rochester

The CIP grants will support the construction, repair and renovation of over 1,500 health center sites nationwide. More than 650 centers will use the funds to purchase new equipment or health information technology (HIT) systems, and nearly 400 centers will adopt or expand the use of electronic health records.