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State delivering $156 million for WNY hospital projects

Ten Western New York medical projects will receive state grants totaling $155.7 million to help with construction and other projects, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Friday.

The largest grant – $57 million – went to Brooks Memorial Hospital in Dunkirk and TLC Health Network in Irving to support their affiliation with Kaleida Health, which the organizations announced Friday.

The next largest grant went to the Catholic Health system, which received $27.7 million. JoAnn Cavanaugh, spokeswoman for Catholic Health, said the funding will support information technology improvements, including efforts to connect primary care physicians.

Kaleida Health received $11.2 million for a pediatric and maternal ambulatory care center on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, as well as $20 million for the John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital under construction on the campus.

Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center received three grants: $1.93 million to help build the Golisano Center for Community Health, which is scheduled to open in May and will include services for adults with disabilities; $1.06 million to develop cardiac catheterization services; and $2 million to support programs to improve the health status of the region.

In the other awards, WCA Hospital in Jamestown received $26.4 million for capital projects; Cuba Memorial Hospital got $4.7 million for an electronic health record; and Eastern Niagara Hospital $3.7 million for debt restructuring and financial stabilization.

The awards were made through programs created as part of the state’s initiative to restructure Medicaid.