New York Grants $200M to Hospitals, Providers for Hurricane Sandy Recovery

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has awarded $200 million to various hospitals, healthcare providers and social groups to help cope with the expenses and repairs suffered from Hurricane Sandy last year.

The New York government awarded the grants based on a request for proposals. Five hospitals received the extra funding:

•    New York University Langone Medical Center in New York City received $22.3 million for uncompensated operating costs. NYU Langone previously received $114 million in federal aid related to the hurricane.

•    South Nassau Communities Hospital in Oceanside received $6.6 million to establish an urgent care center in Long Beach. The funds are expected to replace 162-bed Long Beach Medical Center, which has still remained closed since the storm hit. South Nassau and LBMC had been in talks about a potential merger throughout the course of this year.

•    Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park received $2.9 million for unreimbursed operating costs.

•    Brookdale Hospital and Medical Center in Brooklyn received $2.3 million for unreimbursed operating costs and renovation expenses.

•    Richmond University Medical Center in Staten Island received $482,000 to cover repair damages and other costs.

"Nearly one year after Superstorm Sandy hit New York, the state's healthcare and human service providers continue to serve communities recovering from the storm, even while many of these organizations themselves are still getting back on their feet," Gov. Cuomo said in a news release. "This funding will help providers cover significant costs resulting from the storm, including repairs and renovation of critical facilities, unreimbursed expenses and ongoing services to impacted New Yorkers."

New York officials estimated Hurricane Sandy caused $42 billion in damage, with $3.1 billion of that total representing damage to hospitals and healthcare organizations. Most of the healthcare costs fell within New York City, especially among hospitals within the New York City Health and Hospitals Corp. and NYU Langone.

More Articles on Hospitals and Hurricane Sandy:
Superstorm Sandy-Damaged Long Beach Medical Center May Not Reopen Without Merger
Disaster Preparation 101: 5 Post-Hurricane Lessons From Ochsner and South Nassau Hospitals
New York City Hospitals to Get $103M for Sandy Repairs

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