The New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) will receive $8.8 million in healthcare grants from New York State to expand ambulatory care services in dentistry, geriatrics, psychiatry and ophthalmology to meet increased patient demand at three hospitals in Manhattan, the Bronx and Brooklyn. The grants will fund projects to renovate and expand dental and oral surgery clinics at Harlem Hospital in Manhattan; geriatric and psychiatric clinics at Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx; and ophthalmology and dental practices at Woodhull Hospital in Brooklyn, including the addition of a pediatric dentistry service.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the HHC funding on Friday as part of $301.1 million in grants made available through New York State's Health Care Efficiency and Affordability Law (HEAL NY). The HEAL NY grants will help 40 hospitals and nursing homes across the state improve primary and community-based care, eliminate excess bed capacity, and reduce over-reliance on inpatient care in hospitals and nursing homes.
“We are grateful to Governor Cuomo and the State Department of Health for making these strategic investments that will allow HHC to enhance our ambulatory care services to ensure that all New Yorkers have access to high-quality treatment in these targeted areas where the need continues to outstrip the supply,” said HHC President Alan D. Aviles. “These funds will help us further our efforts to create patient centered medical homes where patients have ongoing relationships with primary care doctors and staff members collectively coordinate to serve patients’ needs across healthcare settings.”
"As a result of the hard work of the Medicaid Redesign Team and our actions to transform the state's health care system, we have already taken important steps toward reducing costs and improving care for patients," Governor Cuomo said. "These grants to hospitals and nursing homes in New York City will help our health care facilities deliver better quality care in a more efficient and cost effective manner so all New Yorkers have access to the best care possible when it is needed."
The HEAL NY grants will help implement recommendations from Governor Cuomo's Medicaid Redesign Team, including enabling health care facilities to deliver more efficient, higher quality care through restructuring, merging, and realigning operations. The awards are allocated through the New York State Department of Health (DOH) and the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY) and are part of nearly $3 billion in funding that has been invested in health care reform through 20 separate HEAL NY phases over the past seven years.