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State awards funding for regional health-care projects

By Eric Reinhardt

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Sitrin Health Care Center
Sitrin Health Care Center in New Hartford is among the regional organizations awarded state funding. Sitrin will use its grant funding improvements to modernize the facility and upgrade technology including a new electronic health-record system, the state said. (File photo provided by Sitrin Health Care Center)

Sitrin Health Care Center in New Hartford and Syracuse–based Liberty Resources Inc. are among the regional organizations awarded funding from a state program that seeks to improve health-care delivery in New York.

The office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced $187 million in funding to support 25 statewide projects that will “protect and transform” New York’s health-care system.

This funding from the Statewide Health Care Facility Transformation Program will improve patient care through the development of medical facilities and programs serving the inpatient, primary care, mental health, substance-use disorder, and long-term care needs of communities throughout the state.

The New York State Department of Health and the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York administer the program, Cuomo’s office said. It helps “support the objectives” of the delivery system reform incentive program (DSRIP).

The purpose of DSRIP is to “reduce health-care costs and improve the health outcomes” of New Yorkers by expanding access to inpatient, primary, preventive, and other ambulatory-care services as part of regionally integrated health-care delivery systems. DSRIP’s primary goal is to reduce avoidable hospital visits by 25 percent by 2020.

The grant awards from the Statewide Health Care Facility Transformation Program are also focused on projects which will help “ensure” the financial sustainability of safety-net health-care providers, and the preservation or expansion of essential health-care services, including integrated care and behavioral health.

Regional projects receiving funding are listed below.

Central New York

The state awarded Liberty Resources Inc. nearly $5.8 million to retire debt to “better position” the organization to increase capacity for primary care, substance-use disorder treatment, mental health, and health-home services.

Mohawk Valley

Rome Memorial Hospital will use more than $3 million for capital improvements to expand program and rehabilitation services and the senior behavioral-health unit at the hospital’s nursing home.

Charles T. Sitrin Health Care Center, Inc. in New Hartford will use more than $3.2 million for capital improvements to modernize facility and upgrade technology including a new electronic health-record system to enhance operational efficiency.

Southern Tier

Alcohol and Drug Council of Tompkins County, Inc. will use a grant of nearly $6 million to construct a new, 40-bed residential, substance-use disorder treatment facility in Lansing to expand access to comprehensive behavioral health services.

It’ll also use an additional grant of more than $1.3 million for support startup costs associated with the creation of the Lansing treatment facility.

North Country

The Town of Massena will use a grant of $20 million to retire debt and support the conversion of Massena Memorial Hospital from a public to a voluntary nonprofit hospital affiliated with St. Lawrence Health System. It’s part of an overall sustainability plan to preserve essential health-care services in Massena.

Contact Reinhardt at ereinhardt@cnybj.com

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