U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries announced that they successfully obtained $3 million in funds for Brooklyn's Interfaith Medical Center through the government funding law that was passed last year.
The two government officials partnered with U.S. Senator and Brooklyn local Chuck Schumer to secure the federal funding, which will go towards renovating the emergency department at the Interfaith Medical Center Campus, which is located on Atlantic Avenue.
“Over a quarter million patients rely on Interfaith Medical Center every year to see their doctors, take care of their mental and behavioral health needs, and access medical care during emergencies,” said Sen. Gillibrand.
“I am proud to be joining Democratic Leader Jeffries to announce the $3 million we secured in last year’s government funding package that is helping finance the infrastructure, technology and layout improvements that the emergency department needs to better serve its more than 50,000 annual visitors. IMC’s emergency department was last renovated more than 30 years ago and will finally be getting the upgrade it needs to continue serving world-class care to the people of New York.”
According to a release, the federal funding will aid in providing a more up-to-date, improved layout to Interfaith Medical Center's emergency room, which will help to better patient care, as well as improve patient satisfaction and safety.
“We secured this vital federal funding in the omnibus bill so Interfaith Medical Center can modernize its emergency department on Atlantic Avenue, which will continue to ensure top-notch patient care and community services,” said Sen. Schumer.
“Expanding access to high-quality medical care has been one of my biggest priorities and we continue to achieve more and more success across New York. Today’s announcement is a great example of federal funds being used to ensure historically underserved communities have the same access and quality services as anywhere else would.”
Interfaith Medical Center is a member of One Brooklyn Health System and serves the Central Brooklyn community. It primarily provides treatment to patients that are enrolled in Medicare or Medicaid.