Pascrell Announces $167 Million to Community Hospitals
Generous awards go to most high-impact facilities battling COVID-19
Paterson, NJ, May 8, 2020
PATERSON, NJ – U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) today announced that four North Jersey hospitals had received $167,703,395 in funding provided under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to some of the nation’s most high-impact medical facilities facing the COVID-19 pandemic. Overall, 53 New Jersey hospitals received $1,708,039,946 today in this tranche of CARES Act support.
“In the dead-center of the worst regional pandemic in the nation, our North Jersey hospitals are quite literally in the eye of the storm,” said Rep. Pascrell, who has led the state’s congressional delegation in supporting hospitals during this crisis. “Since this virus reached our shores, our office and delegation has made supporting our hospitals our number one priority. This latest wave of help from the CARES Act passed by Congress demonstrates that our federal government understands New Jersey’s special burden in this war. As our hospitals are keeping us alive, this funding will keep them alive until we defeat this virus for good.”
North Jersey breakdown (partial)
St. Joseph’s University Medical Center in Paterson: $88,159,157
Englewood Hospital and Medical Center in Englewood: $53,635,316
St. Mary’s General Hospital in Passaic: $17,358,109
Hudson Regional Hospital in Secaucus: $8,550,812
“St. Joseph’s Health has been among the health systems at the height of the COVID-19 response in New Jersey and we are grateful to receive this critical funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). We thank our New Jersey Federal delegation for their leadership in securing targeted funding for COVID-19 high-impact areas in New Jersey, which will support all front-line health care workers and enable them to continue to care for residents impacted by this epidemic,” said Kevin J. Slavin, President & CEO of St. Joseph’s Health.
“We are grateful that our legislators recognize the heroic efforts made by our hospitals and the significant economic burden this pandemic has had on the health care system. This much-needed infusion of support will help us to continue to deliver life-saving care for our community. At the same time, we are still seeing a significant number of COVID-19 patients and we must be prepared for another surge,” said Warren Geller, President and CEO, Englewood Health.
“We are very grateful for the high-impact tranche funding,” said Edward J. Condit, President and CEO of St. Mary’s General Hospital, “and especially to Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr. who made a special effort to support the hospitals hardest hit by the pandemic.” Condit continued, “These funds were critical in maintaining our Hospital’s ability to combat the onslaught of COVID-19. Still, no one could have expected the devastating financial impact this pandemic has had, especially on community hospitals like ours. We can only hope that the government will see and understand that there is still a long road to recovery from COVID-19 – not just for patients and their families but for the financial stability of hospitals nationwide.”
Rep. Pascrell has been a tireless advocate for increased federal support of New Jersey’s hospitals before and during this crisis. In April, due to faulty formulas, New Jersey received an inadequate amount of funding based on the state’s needs. In response to the lackluster amount, Sens. Bob Menendez (D-NJ),Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Rep. Pascrell led a delegation letter urging HHS and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid to take into account the number of Medicaid patients, uninsured patients, and COVID-19 cases being treated by the state’s health care providers so that New Jersey would receive greater and more proportionate funding in next tranche. Soon thereafter, HHS agreed to provide an additional $1.7 billion in supplemental funding to New Jersey hospitals.
A full breakdown of the 53 New Jersey hospitals and the CARES Act high-impact grant awards received today is provided below.