$12.6 Million in Grants Will Help Institutions Comply With Berger Commission Mandates

ALBANY, N.Y. (March 27, 2008) – Three nursing homes and a hospital will share in $12.6 million awarded by the state to help the institutions comply with the mandates of the Commission on Health Care Facilities in the 21st Century, also known as the Berger Commission.

New York State Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D. announced today that the grants will be funded as follows:

  • $4.9 million for Lakeside Nursing Home in Tompkins County,
  • $1.9 million to be shared by The Avenue and The Dutch Manor Nursing Homes in Schenectady County, and
  • $5.8 million for New York Westchester Square Medical Center in the Bronx.

These grants are the latest to be approved by the state Department of Health and the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York from total funding of up to $550 million. Funding for the grants was made available through the Health Care Efficiency and Affordability Law for New Yorkers (HEAL NY) and the Federal-State Health Reform Partnership (F-SHRP). To date, the Department has announced $542.6 million in awards from this fourth round of HEAL NY funding, with the balance expected to be announced in the next few weeks.