OHC to receive federal funding for expansion

Congressman John M. McHugh (R- Pierrepont Manor) announced that he has secured $998,000 in funding for health care centers and hospitals in the 23rd Congressional District including $285,000 for the Oneida Healthcare Center's emergency services expansion. The funding was included in H.R. 1105, Omnibus Appropriations Act which passed in the House this week.

The Omnibus Appropriations Act funds the federal government for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2009.

"Ensuring that residents in our rural communities have access to quality, affordable health care is a top priority, and I'm extremely pleased that funding for six health care institutions in the 23rd District was included in the legislation passed by the House today. I will continue to advocate on behalf of our health care institutions in Congress," McHugh said. "These funds would ensure that our health care facilities have the resources to purchase needed equipment, make the necessary expansions and serve patients more effectively."

Other area health care funding in the Omnibus in the 23rd District includes Elizabethtown Community Hospital: $190,000, Canton-Potsdam Hospital: $143,000, Carthage Family Wellness Clinic: $190,000 and Samaritan Medical Center: $190,000

The legislation must now go to the Senate and then the President for approval.

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