Senator Catharine Young said, “This huge infusion of capital funding means it’s a brand new day for patients in the Southern Tier. We have been working hard to secure these grants for my hospitals, and these millions of dollars will ensure access to high quality health care where we need it most – right here in our communities.
“The corner has been turned towards a bright future for Brooks Memorial and TLC Lake Shore hospitals. It was imperative to protect and preserve health care for people in our region. Saving Brooks and Lake Shore from closing has been a long and difficult endeavor that now has been won. This $57 million will transform these health facilities into a state-of-the-art integrated system that will give people the care they need and deserve, and save lives.
“It is crucial that WCA Hospital in Jamestown thrives now and in the future, and this $26.7 million will make the hospital stronger and even better equipped to meet the community’s needs. Upgrading the facilities and technology to provide excellent patient care is a tremendous quality of life advancement for the people whom we serve.
“Cuba Memorial Hospital’s $4.7 million capital grant will ensure that technology improvements and other enhancements will occur and we will continue to meet the needs of the Allegany and Cattaraugus County region. Our small rural hospitals really need the help, and this assistance will make a difference for many patients.
“My hospitals are enormous health care and economic drivers. According to 2014 federal government figures, Southern Tier and Livingston county hospitals provided 957,000 outpatient care visits, 139,400 people were treated in the emergency rooms, 18,700 patients were admitted to the hospitals, and 2,600 babies were delivered. They produced $757,000,000 in economic activity through jobs and the purchasing of goods and services. In total, 6,400 jobs were generated. Stronger hospitals mean stronger communities, and it is thrilling to have this investment occur.”
Assemblyman Andy Goodell said, “Two years ago Chautauqua County was faced with the announced closure of Lake Shore Hospital. Two months ago, we were notified of the dire financial straits facing Brooks Memorial Hospital. This funding enables both hospitals to move forward in a much stronger financial situation, providing the highest quality of health care for Northern Chautauqua County in a cooperative manner. This is a new dawn for Northern Chautauqua County with critical funding from the State of New York to restructure the health care delivery system on a long-term sustainable basis. In addition, the funding for WCA Hospital will enable it to move forward with upgrading its facilities so that it can provide the highest level of healthcare for many years to come. I deeply appreciate the support we’ve received for these projects from Governor Cuomo, Senator Young and the New York State Department of Health. These major grants reflect the great confidence in the quality of the medical personnel that work at all three hospitals, and their ability to provide top notch care to local residents.”
Assemblyman Joseph Giglio said, “This funding will have a profound impact on hospitals in our communities. Rural hospitals provide local services to residents of my district, allowing them to receive care in their communities instead of traveling long distances to hospitals in larger cities. I am incredibly excited and grateful that the Governor is making these funds available to the hospitals throughout the state.”