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Senators Schumer And Gillibrand Secure Over $10 Million in Funding For Cayuga Medical Center

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United States Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand have announced they have secured over $10 million dollars in federal funding for Cayuga Medical Center. The funding is for the Ithaca hospital to install new generators, which Schumer’s Office says will strengthen the hospital’s critical infrastructure to maintain lifesaving care in extreme weather events.

The funding comes from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and totals $10,450,800 dollars. The funding will allow Cayuga Medical Center to install two 2,000-kW emergency generators, a 20,000 gallon underground storage tank, and build a new building to house the two new generators. The new building will protect the generators from sub-freezing temperatures and flooding.

“This $10+ million is a big shot in the arm for Cayuga Medical Center and will ensure the hospital has the resilient infrastructure needed to help keep the lights on and ensure lifesaving care can continue even in extreme weather. With two new emergency generators that are protected against storms and flooding, we are helping ensure Cayuga Medical Center can continue to provide lifesaving care to patients in Ithaca and for the surrounding areas 24/7,” said Senator Schumer.

The funding will reimburse Cayuga Medical Center for the expenses related towards key power infrastructure upgrades and is provided at a 90% federal cost share.

“Cayuga Medical Center is a vital health care resource for thousands of residents in Ithaca and throughout the Southern Tier,” said Senator Gillibrand. “This funding will help ensure critical infrastructure improvements are made so local residents can continue to rely on the hospital to provide life-saving care 24 hours a day, seven days week, 365 days a year. I am proud to announce this funding and I will continue to fight to provide resources for New York hospitals.”

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