Sanders And Ulrich Give $2.1 Million To Hospitals
Council members James Sanders Jr. and Eric Ulrich will host a press conference on Wednesday, July 1, 2009 to announce $2.1 million dollars they have allocated to area hospitals to expand health care service to residents in the borough of Queens.
The press conference will be held at 1:00 p.m. at St. John's Episcopal Hospital located at 131 Beach 19 Street in Far Rockaway.
"In a time when we are seeing our hospitals closing and in desperate need of resources, I am blessed to have been able to aid them in expanding and modernizing their facilities," said Sanders. "The days of us going to the emergency and having to nearly share the same bed with someone else are over. We are moving our institutions into the 21st century," Sanders vowed.
Sanders and Ulrich fought to ensure that hospitals were a top priority during the City Council's Queens Delegation budget negotiations. They were successful in securing $1.3 million for Peninsula Hospital to modernize their health facility and $800,000 to expand the emergency room at St. John's Hospital. "We are very thankful to the NYC Council for granting St. John's Episcopal Hospital funds for the renovation of our Emergency Department. This means a great deal for the people of the Rockaways who rely on the emergency care we provide.
With an increase in efficiency, overall waiting time to see the Emergency Department doctor should decrease. Residents of the Rockaways should be very pleased to know that their daily lives will be directly improved, thanks to the efforts of Councilman Sanders," said John Gupta, CEO of St. John's Hospital.
Council Member Eric Ulrich stated, "In this day and age, when hospitals are closing, new and improved viruses and diseases are threatening our lives, and with our senior population growing larger year after year, we need to be investing in health care."