Healthy Living: Local News
Wednesday: North Hospitals Get Millions From State
Story Updated: Jul 9, 2014
Several north country hospitals are getting a helping hand.
The Department of Health announced Wednesday that it's giving Carthage Area Hospital $10.3 million, Gouverneur Hospital nearly $2.5 million, Lewis County General $4.6 million, Massena Memorial Hospital $4.2 million and River Hospital, just over a million dollars.
The money is to help the hospitals continue "key services," according to the Department of Health.
In general, hospitals getting the money have struggled financially in recent years. The state considers all of them "safety net" hospitals.
The money is supposed to help the hospitals work toward "sustainable operations," according to the Department of Health.
Statewide, health officials awarded $462 million to help 22 hospitals and five large public hospital systems.
The funds follow federal agreement in April for New York to reinvest $8 billion in Medicaid savings to support hospital overhauls and expand primary medical care over five years.
The goal is to reduce avoidable hospital use by 25 percent while helping financially struggling hospitals shift to more primary and outpatient care.