North Country hospitals receive nearly $13 million in HEAL NY grants

June 13, 2012
Assemblywoman Addie J. Russell (D-Theresa) announced nearly $13 million has been allocated to North Country Hospitals as part of the Health Care Efficiency and Affordability Law (HEAL NY). The money was distributed through a statewide program to restructure, merge and realign operations at health care facilities while funding new capital projects.

“This financial support is incredible news for our region,” Assemblywoman Russell said. “These grants will fund improvements at our hospitals that will mean better access to high-quality, effective health care for our hardworking families.”

Carthage Area Hospital will receive $9.1 million and River Hospital in Alexandria Bay will receive almost $3.8 million as part of the seven-year HEAL NY program. The money will fund projects focused on reducing patient staying time, refining treatment plans and ultimately allowing patients to recover faster in a more comfortable setting, Assemblywoman Russell said.

“Carthage Area Hospital is a major employer and health care provider in our area that the community could not afford to lose,” Assemblywoman Russell said. “The hospital has experienced troubles recently and the $9 million grant will ensure its doors remain open to our hardworking families. Health care facilities are a major part of the fabric of our community and with this money, they will be able to provide efficient and exemplary service to North Country families for years to come.”