SENATOR GOLDEN: AREA HOSPITALS RECEIVE $25 MILLION IN WAKE OF CLOSING OF VICTORY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
Brooklyn- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C, 22nd District) today announced that nearly $25 million in HEAL NY funding has been allocated to local hospitals to help improve the quality of health care for the residents of Brooklyn. Senator Golden strongly supported this critical investment of funding as part of an orderly closure for Victory Memorial Hospital.
Senator Marty Golden stated, "We fought long and hard to keep Victory Memorial Hospital open but the Berger Commission’s misguided decision to close Victory, was leaving 17,000 annual emergency room visits with no place to go. Without substantial investment by New York State in both Maimonides Medical Center and Lutheran Health Center facilities our community would have suffered. There was a strong possibility that the overflow of cases from the now closed Victory Memorial Hospital would be overwhelming."
HEAL NY funding goes to local health facilities to improve access to primary care services. The awards focus on patient centered care which includes disease prevention and general health promotion.
HEAL NY funding includes:
$11,000,000 for Maimonides Medical Center
$13,230,630 for Lutheran Medical Center
$500,000 for SUNY Downstate Medical Center (Victory Memorial site)
"Access to quality health care is a right, not a privilege. This funding will improve our local hospitals while providing better access to primary care. Maimonides, Lutheran, and SUNY Downstate Medical Centers required this funding so to make provisions to provide an even greater level of care for all residents of southwest Brooklyn with Victory now being closed," concluded Senator Golden.