FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 1, 2012

SCHUMER SECURES $5 MILLION INFEDERAL FUNDING FOR HUDSON HEADWATERS HEALTH NETWORK– INVESTMENT FOR BUILDING CAMPAIGN FOR RURAL HEALTH CENTER



Funding Will Replace Warrensburg Health Center; Benefit Adirondack Residents

Schumer Called on HHS Secretary Sebelius to Fund Important Building Project

Schumer: Funding Is Just What Doctor Ordered For Hudson Headwaters’ Facility in Warrensburg

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer secured a grant totaling $5 million for the Hudson Headwaters Health Network through new federal funding from the Capital Development Building Capacity grant program from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service. The funding will be used to replace the dated Warrensburg Health Center that serves those in nearby rural, Adirondack communities.

"This is just what the doctor ordered for Adirondack area residents and Hudson Headwaters,” said Schumer. “Funding for Hudson Headwaters’ new facility in Warrensburg will improve patient care and bring new blood to the area through the opening of a teaching center. I am thrilled that HHS Secretary Sebelius has heeded my call, and will send this critical federal investment to Hudson Headwaters to better serve New York’s rural communities and their residents’ healthcare needs.” 

 

The proposed new replacement facility will enable Hudson Headwaters to continue to offer and improve the important health care services, including primary care and specialty care, it provides to an area that is rural, remote and in many places impoverished, and will help Hudson Headwaters to become a teaching health center.

 

In New York, Community health centers provide high quality, affordable and accessible primary medical, dental and preventive care to more than 1.4 million New Yorkers at over 470 sites in urban, suburban and rural settings.

 

Recent increased funding for America’s community health centers began with a $2 billion investment in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. In 2010, the Affordable Care Act included $11 billion in funding for community health centers. The two laws combined will help America’s community health centers to serve nearly twice as many patients as before. The newly awarded funds will support renovation and construction projects and boost the centers’ ability to care for additional patients and while creating jobs in those communities. Community health centers are an integral source of local employment and economic growth in many underserved and low-income communities. In 2010, they employed more than 131,000 staff and new funds made available today will help create thousands of jobs nationwide.

 

As part of the ACA, the Capital Development-Building Capacity (CD-BC) is providing approximately $600 million to existing health centers across the country for longer-term projects to expand their facilities, hire more employees and serve more patients. The second grant, called the Capital Development-Immediate Facility Improvements (CD-IFI) emphasizes shorter-term projects and is providing approximately $100 million to existing health centers to address immediate facility needs. Health Center Program grantees requesting CD-BC funding must demonstrate how their proposal will lead to significant improvements in the health center’s capacity to address the existing and unmet needs of underserved patient populations. Health centers improve the health of the nation’s vulnerable populations and underserved communities by ensuring access to primary health care services. Currently, more than 8,100 service delivery sites around the country deliver care to nearly 20 million patients regardless of their ability to pay.

 

In addition to providing essential health care, community health centers also provide high-quality jobs in communities nationwide.  In 2010, they employed more than 131,000 staff including 9,600 physicians, 6,400 nurse practitioners, physicians’ assistants, and certified nurse midwives, 11,400 nurses, 9,500 dental staff, 4,200 behavioral health staff, and more than 12,000 case managers and health education, outreach, and transportation staff.  Since the beginning of 2009, health centers have added more than 18,600 new full-time positions in many of the nation’s most economically distressed communities. The funding awards announced today will infuse critical dollars into health centers and their surrounding communities, enhancing health centers’ ability to serve more patients and creating thousands of jobs across the country.

 

A copy of the Senator’s letter to Secretary Sebelius appears below:

 

November 3, 2011

 

The Honorable Kathleen Sebelius

Secretary

US Department of Health and Human Services

200 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, DC 20201

 

Dear Secretary:

 

I am pleased to offer my strong support for Hudson Headwaters Health Network’s application to the Health Resources and Service Administration’s Capital Development – Building Capacity Program. Such funding will enable Hudson Headwaters Health Network to secure $5 million to replace the Warrensburg Health Center. 

 

The Warrensburg facility is central to Hudson Headwaters’ ability to serve patients in the most remote Adirondack communities.   It stays open seven days a week and six evenings to ensure that there is back up when the smaller centers close.  In addition, the Warrensburg Health Center offers specialty services, enabling people to avoid a long drive to Glens Falls to find care – no small matter when the snow is flying and the roads are difficult. 

 

The people in the Adirondack communities that Hudson Headwaters serves have made clear their great approval for the job that you and your staff do every day.  The availability of their health care services – care that people trust – contributes greatly to the quality of life of many people, especially the high percentage of senior citizens who live in this region.

 

The proposed replacement facility will enable Hudson Headwaters to continue to offer and improve the important health care services to an area that is rural, remote and in many places impoverished, and will help Hudson Headwaters to become a teaching health center. I applaud Hudson Headwaters for its foresight, and I sincerely hope its application meets with your approval.

 

Thank you for your consideration. For additional information, please do not hesitate to contact me in my Washington office.

 

Sincerely,

Charles E. Schumer

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