Harkins, Merski announce more than $6.6 million to area health care centers

ERIE, March 23 – Erie hospitals and behavioral healthcare centers strained by the pandemic will be receiving more than $6.6 million in federal funding to replenish resources and fund recruitment and retention efforts, state Reps. Bob Merski and Pat Harkins, both D-Erie, announced today.

The lawmakers said the funding, which represents Erie’s share of $225 million in federal funding under the American Rescue Plan Act, will provide critical reinforcements to healthcare workers who have remained on the front lines throughout the pandemic.

“The pandemic showed us the heroic side of so many Erie workers, and our healthcare workers are a shining example of that,” Harkins said. “Incredibly dedicated frontline medical personnel have been working tirelessly through extreme challenges, and they need reinforcements. This funding is going to allow Erie hospitals and care providers deliver those reinforcements by funding recruitment and retention of staff and other critical resources.”

Merski said, “Staffing shortages have not only strained our health care resources but can affect patient care. Securing this funding brings relief to frontline workers and also helps ensure that Erie residents continue receiving the dedicated level of health care they deserve.”

The funding includes the following:

  • LECOM Health Corry Memorial Hospital -- $118,100
  • Millcreek Community Hospital Erie -- $1,040,815
  • Saint Vincent Hospital -- $2,054,945
  • UPMC Hamot -- $2,704,496
  • Sarah A Reed Children's Center -- $236,045
  • Harborcreek Youth Services -- $186,351
  • Gaudenzia Crossroads -- $139,763
  • Gage House Erie -- $46,588
  • Stairways Stabilization & Diversion Unit -- $46,588
  • Long Term Structured Residence -- $43,482