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Cayuga Medical Center boosts emergency preparedness with $10M grant

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Cayuga Medical Center is set to enhance its emergency response capabilities with the addition of two new generators and a dedicated storage facility, funded by a $10,450,800 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). This investment aims to fortify the hospital’s infrastructure against severe weather threats, particularly flooding, which has been identified as a growing concern in the region. The grant will cover the cost of the generators, a 20,000-gallon underground storage tank, and the construction of a building to shield the generators from adverse weather conditions.

Dr. Martin Stallone, CEO of Cayuga Health System, highlighted the grant’s significance in strengthening the hospital’s operational resilience. The new emergency generators and storage tank are expected to ensure uninterrupted healthcare services during future weather events, emphasizing the hospital’s commitment to providing continuous, community-centered care.

The funding announcement, made by U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, underscores the federal government’s support for critical healthcare infrastructure. With a 90% federal cost share, this grant not only reimburses the hospital for essential power infrastructure upgrades but also marks a continuation of substantial funding for Cayuga Medical Center, including recent awards for facility enhancements and patient care delivery improvements.