Lowey Announces Additional $9.7M to Support Three Lower Hudson Valley Community Health Centers

April 9, 2020
Press Release

These funds from the CARES Act bring the total federal COVID-19 relief investments in these health centers to more than $10.2 million

Congresswoman Lowey led House negotiations on the CARES Act that included a total of $1.3 billion for health centers across the country, nearly $77 million for New York State

WHITE PLAINS, NY – Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY17/Rockland-Westchester) today announced that three Community Health Centers, Hudson River Healthcare, Refuah Health Center, and Open Door Family Medical Center, will receive a total of $9,727,860 in federal funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to support their response to COVID-19. This funding awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), in addition to the coronavirus pandemic relief funds previously announced, brings the total federal investments in these three facilities to $10,296,502.

“Community Health Centers are our first line of defense in combatting the spread and minimizing the loss caused by the coronavirus pandemic,” said Congresswoman Lowey. “This funding will assist these Westchester and Rockland health care providers in adjusting their practice to care for our families and neighbors, serving patients most in need. This funding is not the end of the federal support that will come to the Lower Hudson Valley. I will continue my efforts to ensure that workers and families have the tools they need to protect our community and recover from this pandemic.”

Of the $76,818,705 from the CARES Act that Congresswoman Lowey secured for New York, these investments help ease the unprecedented burden caused by the spread of the coronavirus for three health centers serving Westchester and Rockland Counties:

  • Hudson River Healthcare, $5,822,300
  • Open Door Family Medical centers, $1,835,300
  • Refuah Health Center, $2,070,260

“Additional federal funding is critical as New York appears to be reaching a peak of reported COVID-19 infections,” said CEO of Hudson River HealthCare Anne Kauffman Nolon. “We commend Congresswoman Lowey’s leadership in moving the CARES Act through congress swiftly and ensuring dedicated resources for community health centers and our patients. We will be using these resources to preserve and enhance access to care for our patients and community members through expanded telemedicine, pop-up testing in Westchester and other communities, and patient navigators and outreach workers to help patients reach the healthcare and social services they need during this difficult time.”

“I deeply appreciate Congresswoman Lowey’s efforts in securing the critical HRSA funding received through the CARES act; it is urgently needed and important,” said President and CEO of Open Door Family Medical Centers Lindsay Farrell. “These funds have allowed the Open Door Family Medical Center to test, diagnose and treat local people who are indeed anxious in the face of this global pandemic. The Open Door Family Medical Center is on the front lines in the war with the coronavirus. This funding has allowed us to keep going as our revenues have ground to a halt because we can’t conduct our normal practice of medicine and dentistry. We’ve tested more than 1,400 people and have identified more than 590 patients with Covid19 illness. While most are recovering, we’ve had several in our care who have needed hospitalization. Our job is to closely monitor our patients and the progression of their illness.  Thank you, Mrs. Lowey, for making all of this possible.”

“As a 501(c)3 Federally Qualified Community Health Center serving low income residents in Rockland and Sullivan counties in New York's lower Hudson Valley, Refuah Health is appreciative of the COVID-19 relief funds received from the Health Services and Resources Administration,” said CEO of Refuah Health Center Chanie Sternberg. “Funding from the CARES Act, as well as the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, will be used to further Refuah Health's community response to the outbreak while ensuring that area residents continue to receive high quality, accessible care during the crisis.”

As Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee, Congresswoman Lowey led the House in negotiations with Senate Republicans and the Trump Administration to secure this $1.3 billion for U.S. Health Centers in addition to tens of billions in federal assistance that will protect New York families, keep small businesses afloat, and stem the spread of COVID-19 so the Lower Hudson Valley can fully recover as quickly as possible.