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Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare and St. Elizabeth Medical Center Awarded $14.2 Million Grant From New York State
Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare (FSLH) and St. Elizabeth Medical Center (SEMC) have each been awarded a $7.135 million grant from New York State (NYS), which allows them to focus on joint efforts to enhance access to care, increase efficiency in operations and improve patient outcomes.
The award is a direct result of a grant opportunity offered by the NYS Department of Health and the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York to fund projects that help health care facilities address bed capacity in the health care system, improve primary and community-based care, and reduce over-reliance on inpatient care in hospitals and nursing homes. The funding is provided through Phase 20 of the Health Care Efficiency and Affordability Law of New York State (HEAL) and the Federal-State Reform Partnership (F-SHRP).
"We are very pleased to receive this grant award," said Richard Ketcham, FACHE, president/CEO of St. Elizabeth Medical Center and Scott Perra, FACHE, president/CEO of Faxton St. Luke's Healthcare. "It will enable us to continue our affiliation discussions. We also wish to thank the NYS Department of Health for its support of our grant application and our elected officials who provided their support to help us obtain this important funding.”
The two organizations employ nearly 4,900 employees and have combined operating budgets of more than $535 million. Several cooperative initiatives by the hospitals have helped raise the level of care for the region's communities, including the Mohawk Valley Heart Institute and the Central New York Diabetes Education Program.