Senator Charles Schumer is fighting to keep more than a million dollars of funding in place for four regional hospitals, including three in Chautauqua County. According to an article in today’s Jamestown Post-Journal, Schumer is urging the Senate Finance Committee to pass the Rural Hospital Act of 2012, which will extend funding by one year.
The Low Volume Hospital Program, which expired on Sept. 30, provides $1,027,000 to Brooks Memorial Hospital, TLC Health Network, Westfield Memorial Hospital and Bertrand Chaffee in Springville. The program actually helps over 24 hospitals across New York State.
According to the Post-Journal, if the funding is not renewed, Brooks Memorial Hospital will lose an estimated $534,500, TLC Health Network an estimated $165,500 and Westfield Memorial Hospital an estimated $67,500.