Sainato: Area hospitals receiving more than $400,000 for pandemic relief

NEW CASTLE, March 24 – Area hospitals are receiving more than $400,000 in federal funding to restore resources and personnel exhausted by the pandemic, state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, announced today.

Sainato said the money – which comes from $225 million in American Rescue Plan Act funding he and other lawmakers helped allocate – includes $408,677 to UPMC Jameson.

“Our community’s health care workers remained on the front lines resolutely during the pandemic, continuing to care for patients despite overworked, understaffed conditions,” Sainato said. “Securing this funding is going to help bring critical reinforcements to ease their burden and ensure our community’s patients continue receiving the excellent care they deserve.”

The money is part of Act 2 of 2022, legislation that appropriated $225 million to support the following health care areas:

  • $100 million to be distributed to acute care, critical access and children’s hospitals licensed by the Department of Health on a per-bed basis. The funding will be used strictly for recruitment and retention payments to direct care staff.
  • $110 million to be distributed on a per-bed basis to high-Medical Assistance hospitals, designated Critical Access Hospitals, and inpatient and residential behavioral health facilities for recruitment and retention payments to key staff.
  • $15 million to quadruple the funds available for the nurse loan forgiveness program at the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency, a high-demand program which has already received more than 20,000 applications by the March 1 deadline.

Sainato said that in addition to the funding to UPMC Jameson, Edgewood Surgical is receiving $31,059.

Additional details on hospitals and facilities receiving allocations are available on DHS’s website.