2012-06-22 / Community

SJEH Receives Funding From NYS

St. John’s Episcopal Hospital was awarded nearly $5.4 million under the Health Care Efficiency and Affordability Law of New York State (HEAL NY). The funds will be used to expand services in light of the recent closure of Peninsula Hospital.

“This is an enormous first step in finally addressing the health care needs of Southern Queens and the Rockaways now that Peninsula Hospital has closed,” said Assemblyman Phillip Goldfeder, who made the announcement this week. “This funding will ensure that St. John’s has the tools necessary to expand their services in order to adequately provide for quality health care that our community needs.”

A total of $72.9 million in grants went to ten hospitals and nursing homes in New York City. The grants are made available through New York State’s Health Care Efficiency and Affordability Law (HEAL NY). Statewide, the $301.1 million in HEAL NY grants will help 40 hospitals and nursing homes across the state improve primary and communitybased care, eliminate excess bed capacity, and reduce over-reliance on inpatient care in hospitals and nursing homes. Included in these grants, $5.4 million in discretionary HEAL NY funding is being awarded to St. John’s Episcopal Hospital to expand services after the recent closure of Peninsula General Hospital.

“As a result of the hard work of the Medicaid Redesign Team and our actions to transform the state’s health care system, we have already taken important steps toward reducing costs and improving care for patients,” Governor Cuomo said. “These grants to hospitals and nursing homes in New York City will help our health care facilities deliver better quality care in a more efficient and cost effective manner so all New Yorkers have access to the best care possible when it is needed.”

“St. John’s is now the only hospital on the Rockaway Peninsula and it has seen a 35 percent increase in the number of emergency department patients since Peninsula Hospital closed,” Goldfeder continued. “St. John’s is attempting to provide care for 130,000 year-round residents, in addition to the influx of tourists that travel to our area in the summer months and this can’t be adequately done without an increase in capacity. The grant will go a long way in providing the families of the Rockaways with sufficient and reliable care.”

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