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With ~ 74K Confirmed Cases Of Coronavirus In Upstate New York, Rural Healthcare Centers Are Facing Layoffs, Furloughs, Financial Difficulty

Senators Say Funds Will Provide Critical Support For NY’s Frontline Hospitals and Providers Still Battling COVID-19 

Senators: Critical Dollars Will Keep The Fight Against The Virus Going Strong In Upstate New York

U.S. Senator Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that Upstate New York’s rural hospitals, clinics and community health centers would receive an additional $264 million in hospital and health system funding allocated by Health and Human Services (HHS) to combat the coronavirus (COVID-19). This announcement comes on the heels of Schumer’s announcement last week that New York hospitals received over $1.4 billion in the second round of CARES Act hospital funding.

“This funding is good news for our rural hospitals and health centers throughout Upstate New York that have been fighting to save lives and simultaneously struggling to make ends meet during the ongoing public health crisis. Our rural Upstate hospitals and providers have been New York’s heroes in the battle against COVID-19 and these critical dollars will help keep the fight against the virus going strong,” said Senator Schumer. “I will continue to fight tirelessly to make sure New York’s world-class healthcare workforce and our hospitals get all the federal support they need to beat back this pandemic and get on the road to recovery.”

“Even before this pandemic rural health care providers were struggling to stay afloat and it’s critical that they have immediate access to capital, grant, and loan programs as they combat COVID-19 in New York’s most affected areas,” said Senator Gillibrand. “Rural hospitals, clinics, and community health centers (CHCs) provide a wide-range of services to some of our most vulnerable populations and they ensure every community has access to quality health care, especially in times of public health emergencies. I will continue to fight for the resources needed to support our rural hospitals and CHCs providing this essential care.”

“Hospitals across New York state are experiencing unprecedented financial strains as they work to battle the COVID-19 pandemic,” said HANYS President Bea Grause, RN, JD. “This week’s targeted funding is a lifeline for our rural hospitals. We are tremendously grateful to Senator Schumer and Senator Gillibrand for their continuous work to infuse critical funding into New York and ensure that our rural and hot spot hospitals across the state are not left behind as a result of this pandemic.”

During the CARES Act negations, Schumer pushed the administration to provide this vital $10 billion for rural hospitals and health centers nationally as part of $175 billion Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund (PHSSEF) he championed and is in addition from the $1.4 billion from the PHSSEF he announced last week. The Senator explained that with nearly 74,000 confirmed cases in Upstate New York, rural hospitals and healthcare systems are facing financial difficulty and need immediate federal assistance to avoid layoffs and furloughs of healthcare staff who are vital to maintaining the frontline against COVID-19.

According to HHS, recipients of the $10 billion rural distribution can include, rural acute care general hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs), Rural Health Clinics (RHCs), and Community Health Centers located in rural areas.

A breakdown of the $242.7 million funding by Congressional district for rural Upstate New York hospitals appears below. Health centers are receiving an additional $20 million in funding, exact data for which is still being calculated: 


Hospital System

HANYS Estimated Funding Levels*

New York State Total



18th District


Bon Secours Community Hospital

WMC Health



19th District


A.O. Fox Hospital (district includes A.O. Hospital - Tri-Town Campus)


Bassett Healthcare Network


Bassett Medical Center

Bassett Healthcare Network


Catskill Regional Medical Center

Greater Hudson Valley Health System


Catskill Regional Medical Center/Grover M. Hermann


Greater Hudson Valley Health System


Cobleskill Regional Hospital

Bassett Healthcare Network


Columbia Memorial Hospital



Ellenville Regional Hospital



Margaretville Hospital


WMC Health


Northern Dutchess Hospital


Nuvance Health


O'Connor Hospital

Bassett Healthcare Network


UHS Delaware Valley Hospital

United Health Services


20th District


St. Mary's Healthcare (district includes Amsterdam Memorial and St. Mary's Hospital (Amsterdam)



21st District


Adirondack Medical Center (district includes Lake Placid and Saranac Divisions)

Adirondack Health


Canton-Potsdam Hospital

St. Lawrence Health System


Carthage Area Hospital



Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center



Clifton-Fine Hospital



Gouverneur Hospital

St. Lawrence Health System


Lewis County General Hospital



Massena Hospital

St. Lawrence Health System


Nathan Littauer Hospital



River Hospital



The University of Vermont Health Network – Alice Hyde Medical Center

The University of Vermont Health Network


The University of Vermont Health Network – Champlain

Valley Physicians Hospital

The University of Vermont Health Network


The University of Vermont Health Network –

Elizabethtown Community Hospital (district includes Elizabethtown and Moses-Ludington)

The University of Vermont Health Network


22nd District


Community Memorial Hospital



Guthrie Cortland Medical Center



Little Falls Hospital

Bassett Healthcare Network


Oneida Healthcare



Rome Memorial Hospital



UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital

United Health Services


23rd District


Brooks-TLC Hospital System (district includes Brooks Dunkirk and Irving divisions)

Brooks-TLC Hospital System


Cuba Memorial Hospital



Geneva General Hospital

Finger Lakes Health


Guthrie Corning Hospital



Ira Davenport Memorial Hospital

Arnot Health


Jones Memorial Hospital

UR Medicine


Olean General Hospital

Kaleida Health System


Schuyler Hospital, Inc.

Cayuga Health System


Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital

Finger Lakes Health


St. James Hospital

UR Medicine


UPMC Chautauqua



Westfield Memorial Hospital



24th District


Auburn Community Hospital



Newark-Wayne Community Hospital

Rochester Regional Health


Oswego Health



27th District


Bertrand Chaffee Hospital



Nicholas H. Noyes Memorial Hospital

UR Medicine


Orleans Community Health



United Memorial Medical Center

Rochester Regional Health


Wyoming County Community Health System



*Estimates for the distribution of the $10 billion PHSSE rural funding from May 6, 2020 were based on HHS' formula leveraging a base amount plus an add-on using total operating expenses from the 2018 Medicare cost report