New York State to Provide Additional $30 Million to Improve Health Care Services in Queens

Builds on Earlier State Efforts to Address Queens Health Care Needs

DOH Issues White Paper Assessing Queens Health Care Environment

ALBANY, N.Y. (August 20, 2009) – With the support of Governor David A. Paterson, the New York State Department of Health (DOH) and the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY) are making $30 million in grants available to hospitals, diagnostic and treatment centers, and community health centers in Queens for capital projects that improve health care delivery services and patient care. The funding is being made available through the Health Care Efficiency and Affordability Law for New Yorkers (HEAL NY).

In addition to eligible health care facilities operating in Queens, organizations eligible for approval for establishment as primary care diagnostic and treatment centers under Article 28 of the Public Health Law will also be eligible to apply for the grants.

"Improving access to quality health care in every community of New York State remains one of my highest priorities," said Governor Paterson. "This HEAL NY funding will enhance the health care delivery system so that the health care needs of all Queens' residents are met."

"These grants build on the $16 million in State assistance provided earlier this year to help address gaps in services that occurred when St. John's and Mary Immaculate hospitals closed," said Commissioner Daines. "To be clear, the State did not close these hospitals. The boards of the hospitals filed for bankruptcy because the hospitals were not financially viable. With the additional grants announced today, to date the State has earmarked $46 million to improve access to needed services in Queens."

"The health care institutions in Queens that take part in this visionary effort will be able to decrease reliance on overcrowded emergency rooms by developing innovative programs to provide primary and specialty care on an outpatient basis," said Paul T. Williams, Jr., Executive Director of DASNY. "That's a clear win-win for the residents of Queens. The Dormitory Authority is proud to partner with the State Health Department to help further this critical public health initiative of Governor Paterson."

The grants will help address the problem in Queens of overreliance on hospital emergency departments for primary and preventive care and increase inpatient bed capacity where appropriate.

Eligible projects include capital projects designed to reduce preventable hospitalizations and decrease the average length of inpatient hospital stays, relieve overcrowding in emergency rooms, and expand primary and specialty care outpatient services. The grants will also support the renovation and expansion of existing facilities, the construction of new facilities, the purchase of associated medical equipment, and the payment of architectural and design fees.

Commissioner Daines also announced the issuing of a DOH white paper, Queens Healthcare Profile, describing the current and projected health care environment of residents living in Queens. DOH has also developed a data book that offers detailed statistical analysis of the Queens County health care delivery system.

"These documents offer vital information that will be used by DOH and health care facilities operating in Queens County to help re-define the county's current health care delivery system," said Dr. Daines.

DOH is currently accepting applications for the HEAL NY grants through September 14, 2009. Final HEAL NY grant awards will be announced on October 1, 2009. More information about health care facility eligibility as well as access to the HEAL NY application form, the Queens Healthcare Profile and data book are available on DOH's Web site at:

Request for Grants:

White Paper:

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