Hospitals and Nursing Homes to Receive $362.3 Million to Implement Berger Measures

Albany, N.Y. (September 28, 2007) - Twenty-three hospitals and seven nursing homes around the state were notified today that they will receive $362.3 million to assist them in complying with the mandates of the Commission on Health Care Facilities in the 21st Century, known as the Berger Commission.

The awards 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 that was designated for assisting hospitals and nursing homes in implementing the provisions of the Berger Commission.

The Department will be announcing additional grants for the remaining $187.7 million in funding over the next few weeks as award decisions are made.

The funds will help facilities reduce excess inpatient capacity in favor of outpatient and ambulatory health care and community-oriented long-term care services. For hospital and nursing homes required to close or to merge with other institutions in their service areas, the awards will aid in the retirement of debt, the payment of legal and consulting fees associated with new governance arrangements, and in the payment of severance packages, retraining and placement services for displaced employees.

As a group, the projects selected for awards are characterized by a practical approach to needed change. "I commend these facilities for responding in a constructive manner to the Berger Commission mandates," said Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D. "Their resourcefulness in reconfiguring their buildings, services and governance will smooth the transition to a more stable and efficient health care system for their communities and for all of New York State."

David D. Brown IV, Executive Director of the Dormitory Authority, said: "We at the Dormitory Authority are pleased to be part of this important process that provides funds to help ensure better and more efficient health care to New Yorkers."

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). Today's totals include earlier announcements of $17 million for the closure of St. Vincent's Midtown Hospital in Manhattan and $47.6 million for the merger of Kingston and Benedictine hospitals in Ulster County.

The Health Department anticipates offering another round of HEAL NY grants this year for other health-care institution mergers and consolidations, as well as the expansion of community-based services for primary and preventive care and home health-care options. Health-care institutions are expected to seek local input as they design more outpatient services for their area to meet Berger mandates.

 App#  Applicant County Award
1 St. Vincent's Midtown Hospital New York $17,082,283
3 Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center,
Eastern Long Island Hospital,
Peconic Bay Medical Center,
Southampton Hospital (Suffolk Health Network)
Suffolk $24,000,000
4 The Kingston Hospital and Benedictine Hospital Ulster $47,600,000
5 A. Holly Patterson Extended Care Facility Nassau $14,000,000
6 Nassau University Medical Center Nassau $23,000,000
7 Brooks Memorial Hospital Chautauqua $3,763,000
8 TLC Health Network Cattaraugus $12,625,000
9 Westfield Memorial Hospital, Inc. Chautauqua $5,047,461
11 Victory Memorial Hospital Kings $25,000,000
13 Cabrini Medical Center New York $14,000,000
17 Orange Regional Medical Center Orange $24,000,000
18 New York Downtown Hospital New York $6,166,667
19 United Helpers Canton Nursing Home, Inc. St. Lawrence $8,100,000
20 Community General Hospital and
Van Duyn Home and Hospital
Onondaga $12,800,000
21 Bellevue Woman's Medical Center, Inc. Schenectady $21,978,388
22 Lockport Memorial Hospital and
Inter-Community Memorial Hospital
Niagara $9,100,000
25 Mount View Health Facility Niagara $8,800,000
27 Queens Hospital Center Queens $12,000,000
29 Stony Brook University Hospital Suffolk $2,850,000
32 Ellis Hospital Schenectady $5,878,100
41 Cold Spring Hills Center for
Nursing and Rehabilitation
Nassau $992,500
44 Long Beach Medical Center Queens $11,200,000
46 Lenox Hill Hospital on behalf of Manhattan Eye,
Ear & Throat Hospital (MEETH)
New York $25,100,000
55 Nazareth Nursing Home Erie $7,307,109
59 Sound Shore Medical Center Westchester $12,400,000
61 Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Erie $4,500,000
62 Albany County Nursing Home and
Ann Lee Infirmary
Albany $3,008,841
Total     $362,299,349