Senator Rick Santorum - PA

Press Release of Senator Santorum

Santorum & Specter Announce Federal Funding for Southwestern Pennsylvania Projects

Health and Human Services Funding As Part of Fiscal Year 2005 Omnibus Appropriations Bill

Contact: Christine Shott, 202-224-0610
Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Washington, D.C. – Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA), Chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, and Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA), a senior member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, announced today federal funding for projects in southwestern Pennsylvania, contained in the Fiscal Year 2005 Omnibus Appropriations bill. “I applaud my colleagues in the United States Senate for approving the Health and Human Services funding for projects in southwestern Pennsylvania,” Senator Santorum said. “The funding will allow the communities in southwestern Pennsylvania to purchase new equipment, construct new health care facilities, conduct research, and provide the most advanced health care modernizations which will aid in the health and wellness of the citizens of southwestern Pennsylvania.”

“I am pleased my colleagues have approved this important funding for southwestern Pennsylvania,” Senator Specter said. “These projects are vital to ensuring quality primary and emergency care, as well as advanced preventative care measures, for the area’s residents.”

The Fiscal Year 2005 Omnibus Appropriations Bill was passed by the Senate on November 20, 2004 and is pending final approval by the House of Representatives, followed by the President’s signature.

Projects to receive funding include:

· $1 million for Allegheny General Hospital, West Penn Allegheny Health System, in Pittsburgh to purchase a Positron Emission Tomography/Computerized Tomography Scanner. At present, there are only 3 PET/CT scanners in Western PA with a population of 4 million.

· $1 million for Allegheny Singer Research Institute in Pittsburgh to construct the Transgenic/Adult stem cell facility microinjection laboratory, improve imaging equipment, purchase state of the art bioinformatics and proteomic equipment and upgrade fragment analysis laboratory.

· $1 million for Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh for Phase 2 of the "Chiral Surfaces Demonstration Project." This funding will support the development of materials for the synthesis and separations of bio-active molecules using chiral surfaces.

· $1 million for University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh to purchase a Fourier Transform Mass Spectrometer for the University of Pittsburgh Center for Proteomics and Nanoengineering.

· $1 million for Magee Women's Research Institute in Pittsburgh to expand their research facility. This will house laboratories, offices and support facilities of the Pittsburgh Development Center.

· $1 million for University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pittsburgh to install a state-of-the-art ventilation and air supply system that would instantaneously make internal adjustments to contain bioterrorism threats, and initiate segmental pressurization of the entire area to protect the facility.

· $800,000 for Monongahela Valley Hospital to redesign and expand its emergency department to include 24 treatment rooms, a negative pressure isolation area to protect other patients and visitors from airborne infectious diseases, and a secure holding room for people who are acting out due to a mental illness and a decontamination room.

· $700,000 for Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh to construct a new medical complex for children. The existing physical plant has reached maximum operating capacity, while the health care needs of western PA children continue to rise. In order to meet these growing demands, a new facility dedicated solely to pediatric health care and research is urgently needed.

· $500,000 for Tyrone Hospital in Tyrone to develop a health information technology system. The system will crosscheck patient medications with allergies and allow home health nurses to transmit patient information to physicians’ offices.

· $250,000 for Conemaugh Health Systems in Johnstown to continue development and enhancement of the Regional Neuroscience Center and the Pain Management Center.

· $250,000 for Indiana Regional Medical Center in Indiana to purchase magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) equipment that is used for breast cancer evaluation.

· $250,000 for Somerset Hospital in Somerset to purchase a new MRI system, imaging equipment and communications and technology equipment.

· $200,000 for Uniontown Hospital in Uniontown to purchase equipment that will allow the hospital to a complete an electronic medical record system, begin integration of information generated through medical devices such as MRIs and CT scanners into patients' electronic medical records, improve patient safety through the development and implementation of additional rules and alerts, provide point-of-care communications, and develop improved capabilities to administer the hospital's charity care commitment.

· $200,000 for University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pittsburgh for research and testing a prototype Non-Invasive Radio Wave Ablation device to thermally destroy cancer. The radiofrequency abilation (RFA) is a new approach to destroying inoperable primary or metastatic tumors in the liver.

· $125,000 for Jameson Hospital in New Castle to purchase emergency department equipment, PACs system, fetal monitoring system, operating room equipment.

· $100,000 for Gateway Rehabilitation Center in Aliquippa to expand their current facility to build a larger inpatient treatment facility for their patients with chemical dependency problems. This facility will include detoxification, inpatient assessment, stabilization and rehabilitation and partial hospitalization.

· $75,000 for Silver Ring Thing organization in Sewickley for abstinence education programs.

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