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Social Services Commissioner Michael P. Starkowski today announced the awarding of over $20.3 million from the state’s Hospital Hardship Fund to help eight hospitals meet critical operating expenses, expand facilities and strengthen their long-term financial health.
Ranging from $450,000 for
The following hospitals were notified of awards today totaling $20,350,000:
· Connecticut Children’s Medical Center,
· The Hospital of Saint Raphael, New Haven, $3.4 million to aid in purchase of a 64-slice CT scanner and laboratory information system;
“These awards are further indication of how important our network of non-profit hospitals is in caring for the residents of
Under the enabling legislation, Department of Social Services may provide grants in consultation with the Department of Public Health (DPH), Office of Health Care Access (OHCA) and the Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority (CHEFA). Commissioner Starkowski made the grant determinations after discussions with DPH Commissioner Dr. J. Robert Galvin, MD, MPH, MBA; Commissioner Cristine A. Vogel of OHCA; and executive director Richard D. Gray of CHEFA.
“These awards are the result of a series of conversations with the administration and health care-concerned departments directed toward providing a coherent comprehensive system of hospital care,” stated Commissioner Galvin.
The funding results from 2007 legislation that established a $30 million Hospital Hardship Fund to be administered by the Department of Social Services. After today’s grant announcement, $6.5 million remains to be disbursed before June 30. Commissioner Starkowski said that $5.5 million of the $6.5 million balance is reserved for
Selection factors include hospital utilization by patients eligible for state assistance programs, licensure and certification compliance history; and reasonableness of actual and projected revenues and expenditures.
In addition to the Hospital Hardship Fund, the state supports