By Brooklyn Reader

July 9, 2014, 9:32 am

 

City Councilmember Robert Cornegy speaks at a rally to save Interfaith Hospital

City Councilmember Robert Cornegy speaks at a rally to save Interfaith Hospital

The state health department just announced more than $100 million in federal funding that will go to three struggling Brooklyn hospitals that are also deemed “safety-net hospitals,” a part of a recently approved $8 billion Medicaid waiver, state officials reported.

Safety-net hospitals are defined as those that are already recognized by the federal government as a Critical Access Hospital or Sole Community Provider Hospital, or those whose patient populations are made up of a large percentage of Medicaid and uninsured.

The three Brooklyn hospitals include Interfaith Medical Center in Bed-Stuy, which will receive $37 million; Brookdale Hospital will receive $53 million; and Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center will receive $22.5 million.

The awards will serve as a bridge loan– a quick infusion of capital– as the hospitals work with other providers to develop proposals aimed at reducing inpatient admissions by 25 percent over the next five years.


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