Area healthcare centers will receive $6.6 million in funding

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Erie hospitals and behavioral health care centers strained by the pandemic will receive more than $6.6 million in federal funding to replenish resources and fund recruitment and retention efforts.

This was announced by State Representatives Bob Merski and Pat Harkins on March 23.

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

“The pandemic has shown us the heroic side of so many Erie workers, and our healthcare workers are a shining example of that. The incredibly dedicated frontline medical staff have worked tirelessly to meet extreme challenges and need reinforcements. This funding will enable Erie’s hospitals and care providers to provide these surges by funding the recruitment and retention of staff and other critical resources.

State Representative Pat Harkins (D) Erie

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

State Representative Bob Merski (D) Erie

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Funding includes the following:

  • LECOM Health Corry Memorial Hospital – $118,100
  • Millcreek Erie Community Hospital — $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
  • Carrefour Gaudenzia — $139,763
  • Maison Gage Erie — $46,588
  • Stabilization and stair deviation unit — $46,588
  • Long Term Structured Residence – $43,482
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