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Schumer Announces Key Senate Panel Backs $500,000 For ViaHealth/Rochester General Hospital

Senator Aggressively Lobbied Senate Appropriations Committee To Include Funding In Spending Bill

Schumer: ViaHealth/Rochester General Hospital is Vitally Important for the Community and Local Economy

US Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that the Senate Appropriations Committee approved $500,000 under the FY06 Energy and Water Appropriations Act for ViaHealth/ Rochester General Hospital for facility and technology upgrades to the Emergency Department. The bill must now be approved by the full Senate before being sent to a House and Senate Conference Committee and eventually being signed into law. Schumer had aggressively lobbied members of the Appropriations Committee to include funding for the project in this year’s spending bill.

“This is great news for Rochester and the Finger Lakes region,” said Schumer. “Rochester General Hospital plays a critical role in the community’s health, and these much needed upgrades will be invaluable to what is one of the busiest emergency departments in all of New York State.”

Funds will be used by Rochester General Hospital to provide for facility and technology upgrades to the Emergency Department. Key enhancements include; a separate path for pediatric patients, a flexible floor plan layout with more exam rooms, a separate yet integrated psychiatric treatment area, improved orientation of radiology components, improved line of sight throughout the department for staff and improved overall configuration and workflow. New technological advancements will be incorporated into the proposed plan. This will include but will not be limited to: new cardiac monitors, MRI, CT Scan, an electronic medical record and logistics system, and digital radiography. All of these enhancements will reduce the amount of time needed for a clinician to diagnosis and treat our patients. The addition will facilitate caring for a greater number of patients, who have greater acuity, treating these patients in a more efficient manner, decreasing the number of patients diverted to other facilities, and decreasing the number of patients who leave without being seen.

Today, the Appropriations Committee included $500,000 in the Energy and Water spending bill. The bill was passed by the Appropriations Committee today and now heads to the floor for a full vote before the Senate. A vote is expected this summer, and after final passage a conference committee will reconcile the differences between the House and Senate versions of the Energy and Water Appropriations Bill before sending it to the President to become law.


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