GCMC, Cayuga Med get federal COVID grants

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Two area hospitals were awarded major funding by the latest round of the federal CARES Act, which awarded more than $4.5M to Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca and more than $1.7M to Guthrie Cortland Medical Center.

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The awards were announced this morning by District 22 Congressman Anthony Brindisi and Sen. Chuck Schumer, part of an overall $1.4B+ bipartisan, bicameral package to help struggling hospitals across Upstate New York and rest of the U.S.

In Syracuse, Upstate Medical University is set to receive more than $20M. Crouse Health will get more than $8M, and St. Joe’s more than $11.4M.

Funding was allocated based on need to support each hospital’s efforts to maintain operations, while continuing to fight COVID-19 in their communities.

Sen. Schumer says the money will be distributed over the coming days by the Department of Health & Human Services.

“Our hospitals and providers have been New York’s heroes in the fight against COVID-19, and these critical dollars will help keep the fight against the virus going strong,” said Senator Schumer. “New York and its hospitals have been on the frontline of the battle against the virus for over a month now and they are struggling. I will fight with everything I’ve got to get New York’s incredible healthcare workforce all the federal support they need to beat back this pandemic.”

“These funds are a good start but our medical institutions need more to keep their doors open,” Brindisi said. “We are all working hard to fight back against COVID-19 and our area hospitals are on the frontlines of this battle. We need to honor them not just with our words but with our actions. I will continue to fight for more money so they can keep their doors open, provide critical equipment for staff and patients, and pay the brave men and women on the frontlines.”

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