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More than $8 million in health-care grants for rural communities, including $1.3 million for health networks in Western New York, were announced this week by Gov. Pataki.

"These grants will help ensure New Yorkers living in our rural communities continue to have access to high-quality health care," Pataki said in a statement.

"They also help the health-care providers adapt and innovate to meet the important health-care needs of their patients."

Rural health networks in the Western Region received $1,293,884 in funding.

The recipients were: Allegany and Western Steuben County Health Care Alliance, $200,000; Chautauqua County Health Care Network, $144,709; Health Community Alliance, $270,000; Lake Plains Community Care Network, $375,000 and Southern Tier Health Care System, $304,175.

Almost $800,000 in grants to rural hospitals in the western region were awarded to: Cuba Memorial Hospital, $100,000; Inter-Community Memorial Hospital, $171,000; Jones Memorial Hospital, $166,000, Olean General Hospital, $70,650; Tri-County Memorial Hospital, $104,500; Westfield Memorial Hospital, $70,000; and Wyoming County Community Hospital, $101,000.

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