Velazquez Announces $99 Million in Aid for Local Hospitals
“Hotspot” Funding Targeted to Woodhull, Wyckoff Heights Facilities
Washington, DC –Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) announced two local hospitals within New York’s 7th Congressional District are receiving federal funding from the CARES Act, legislation Congress enacted in late March. The resources, being disbursed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is targeted to hospitals with high rates of COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations. The two local hospital groups, NYC Health and Hospitals Woodhull and Wyckoff Heights Medical Center, will receive an aggregate of $99,779,000 to directly combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
“New York City has been an epicenter of this pandemic,” said Velázquez, “Our healthcare workers are performing heroically to provide patients with quality treatment, but hospitals are struggling against unprecedented surges in patients and demand for care. These targeted grants, appropriated under the CARES Act, focus on specific hotspots of activity, servicing the areas that need it most. I’m pleased to see these funds allocated for our hospitals to supply our doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals with the tools they need.”
The two hospitals in New York’s 7th Congressional District include:
NYC Health and Hospitals Woodhull. NYC Health and Hospitals Woodhull will receive $39,901,000 for their programs serving Bushwick, Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Bedford Stuyvesant, and Fort Greene.
Wyckoff Heights Medical Center. Wyckoff Heights Medical Center will receive $59,878,000. The medical center serves Northern Brooklyn and western Queens.
“One painful lesson from this pandemic will undoubtedly be that our healthcare and public health infrastructure have been chronically underfunded for far too long,” noted Velázquez. “These funds will help to meet the immediate needs of the current crisis, but, for the long term, we must also look to strengthen and adequately invest in our healthcare system.”