Senator Rick Santorum - PA

Press Release of Senator Santorum

Santorum & Specter Announce Federal Funding for Northeastern 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 northeastern 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 northeastern Pennsylvania,” Senator Santorum said. “The funding will allow the communities in northeastern Pennsylvania to purchase new equipment, construct new health care facilities, and provide the most advanced health care modernizations which will aid in the health and wellness of the citizens of northeastern Pennsylvania.”

“I am pleased my colleagues have approved this important funding for northeastern 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 Geisinger Health System in Danville to construct the Center for Health Research and Rural Advocacy. The Center will function as a "working science laboratory," linking researchers and clinicians to create, test and evaluate innovative health research and health programs.

· $250,000 for Bloomsburg Hospital in Bloomsburg for renovation of surgical rooms, technology systems replacement and upgrades, outpatient registration, renovation of electrical infrastructure and emergency power upgrade.

· $250,000 for Mercy Health Partners in Scranton to create an electronic medical records system and implement a physician order entry system.

· $250,000 for Community Medical Center Healthcare System in Scranton to purchase equipment for their trauma and emergency Trauma/Emergency Department areas.

· $250,000 for Greater Hazelton Health Alliance, Hazelton General Hospital, in Hazelton to expand and renovate the Emergency Department.

· $250,000 for S.A.F.E. Inc. in Wilkes-Barre for autism outreach to the community through Geisinger Health System.

· $250,000 for Wyoming Valley Health Care System in Wilkes-Barre for construction, renovation, and equipment to improve cancer and chronic disease treatment. These enhancements will provide patients and providers access to the latest medical information and care through telecommunications, education, and outreach.

· $250,000 for Good Samaritan Hospital Regional Medical Center in Pottsville to develop a community-wide management infrastructure of connectivity for data collection to integrate all regional health care providers and social agencies.

· $225,000 for Sullivan County Medical Center in LaPorte to expand patient outreach and treatment through health education and screening programs.

· $200,000 for Allied Services Foundation in Wilkes-Barre to purchase pediatric equipment.

· $200,000 for Moses Taylor Health Care System in Scranton to purchase computer equipment, electric door locks, alarms, etc., to upgrade security at the hospital.

· $200,000 for the University of Scranton in Scranton to purchase equipment to expand their fields of molecular science.

· $200,000 for Wayne Memorial Hospital in Honesdale to implement automated technology, use bar coding technology to detect potential adverse events, and implement other computerized components of the medical record documentation process for healthcare administrators.

· $100,000 for Northeast Regional Cancer Institute in Scranton to conduct research on colorectal cancer. The Institute will undertake Epidemiology Research that will focus on cancer screening practices, interventions, and treatment.

· $100,000 for Pocono Medical Center in Stroudsburg to construct a new wing to house the Cardiovascular Institute, which will include two cardiac catheterization labs and two cardiovascular suites.

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