Newark-Wayne Community Hospital is set to receive over $8 million in federal funding through a program aimed at supporting rural hospitals.
The funding was announced by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and is part of nearly $145 million allocated to over 20 hospitals in upstate New York.
Schumer emphasized the importance of the Low-Volume Hospital program, which will provide Wayne Community Hospital with approximately $8.1 million over the next decade. The program provides financial support to smaller hospitals, such as Wayne Community, that see fewer patients and are located more than 25 miles from the nearest acute-care hospital.
The funding was secured in the recently passed end-of-year spending bill and is a critical lifeline for hospitals serving underserved areas. Without financial support, some rural hospitals would be forced to close, according to Schumer.
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