June 29, 2009

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $500,000 in Recovery Act Funding Coming to Cerebral Palsy Association in the North Country for New Electronic Medical Records System

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

Today, United States Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced a total of $536,895  in American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) funding for the Cerebral Palsy Association of the North Country in St. Lawrence county as part of the Capital Improvement Program (CIP). The ARRA funding will be used to help purchase a new electronic medical records system and equipment to allow the Cerebral Palsy Association to do more onsite tests.

"This funding is just what the doctor ordered," said Schumer. "These funds will ensure that St. Lawrence County 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 the North Country," said Senator Gillibrand. "These federal dollars will support job creation and provide critical updates for the medical center 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 Cerebral Palsy Association of the North Country advocates for individuals and families impacted by cerebral palsy. The ARRA funds will be used to help purchase a new electronic medical records system and equipment to allow them to do more onsite tests.

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.