Faso Lauds Funding Award to Catskill Regional Medical Center

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Washington, D.C., October 11, 2017 | comments
“It is great news to hear that Catskill Regional Medical Center will receive funding to address the critical need to upgrade its generator. Upon taking office and after meeting with hospital officials I prodded state and federal officials to cut the red tape and finally award this essential funding. We cannot afford for our rural hospitals to be stranded without power because of a hurricane, a winter storm or any another emergency. A hospital’s life-saving medical equipment is dependent on electricity, and it is critical that our rural hospitals have capable generators.”
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Washington, D.C. - Congressman John Faso (R-Kinderhook) today announced the award of a grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to Catskill Regional Medical Center (CRMC) to upgrade its generator. Since Hurricane Sandy hit New York in 2012 CRMC has been fervently trying to secure funding to upgrade and secure its power generator. Faso strongly advocated for this funding in correspondence with the agency over the course of the past several months.

Congressman Faso said, “It is great news to hear that Catskill Regional Medical Center will receive funding to address the critical need to upgrade its generator. Upon taking office and after meeting with hospital officials I prodded state and federal officials to cut the red tape and finally award this essential funding. We cannot afford for our rural hospitals to be stranded without power because of a hurricane, a winter storm or any another emergency. A hospital’s life-saving medical equipment is dependent on electricity, and it is critical that our rural hospitals have capable generators.”

Catskill Regional Medical Center CEO Jonathan Schiller said, “We are extremely grateful for Congressman John Faso for helping us secure this grant. Given the technological advancements that we’ve made using high-tech equipment that requires more power, our new generator will replace our old 800 watt generator with a 1,200 watt generator. It will be state-of-the-art, fuel efficient and able to meet our power needs for many years to come. Having this new generator means that we’ll always have reliable back up power for critical, life-saving equipment and services in the event of a total hospital power failure.”

This grant will fund the purchase and installation of a 1200Kw generator behind the Catskills Regional Medical Center facility in the Sullivan County, New York. The construction will allow the generator to be placed in an area safe from flooding thereby insuring that the hospital can continue to operate despite power outages which can take place due to storms and other emergency events. This award is pursuant to the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act.
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