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September 28, 2009

CVPH receives $5.1 million in state grants

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PLATTSBURGH — CVPH Medical Center has received two state grants totaling slightly more than $5.1 million for infrastructure for the Adirondack Region Medical Home Pilot and to advance ambulatory cardiac care.

The grants were part of a total of $436 million awarded under the Health Care Efficiency and Affordability Law of New York State to further improvements to the state's health-care system.

A total of $3 million came to CVPH to fund the electronic health-information technology necessary for the success of the Adirondack Region Medical Home Pilot. With the support of an electronic medical record, primary-care physicians will have a ready conduit for the flow of information between office and hospital to improve patient care.

The grant will also enable the data collection necessary to measure the benefits of the Medical Home, the largest such pilot in the United States. The program encourages primary physicians to have a stronger role in patient care throughout treatment.

Slightly more than $2.1 million was awarded to CVPH to build an 11-bed observation and short-stay unit and convert 12 medical/surgical inpatient beds to private progressive-care beds.

Submitted in conjunction with the Clinton County Health Department, the grant will increase access to ambulatory services for residents of Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties.

"There is no question that the state has stepped up to the plate," CVPH President and Chief Executive Officer Stephens Mundy said in a news release.

"We are fortunate to have this level of interest and assistance. They see the opportunities to make meaningful improvements to our health system that will improve quality while conserving resources."

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