"New Yorkers deserve world class health care no matter where they go for treatment. This loan program and additional funding for our City agencies will give hospitals across the five boroughs the resources they desperately need, better staff our City’s healthcare facilities, and ultimately save lives,” said Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Anne Williams-Isom. “We must support our City’s critical healthcare partners, especially those non-profit hospitals serving communities of color that have been suffering from decades of healthcare disparities. I am proud of the Adams Administration for taking bold action in our very first week to fight the Omicron variant and thank Mayor Adams for his leadership.”
“The additional COVID-19 funding secured by Mayor Adams will help us further secure necessary staff that will not only help care for New Yorkers during our Omicron surge, but also provide relief to our healthcare heroes who have been on the frontline of this pandemic for nearly two years,” said NYC Health + Hospitals President and CEO Mitchell Katz, MD. “Our public health system’s extraordinary COVID-19 response would not have been possible without the continued support and advocacy of our city-wide leaders and partners.”
“We appreciate Mayor Adam’s recognition that we are in this fight together, and that addressing the surge in every NYC neighborhood requires financial support for all of the safety net hospitals”, said LaRay Brown, CEO of One Brooklyn Health.
New York City's public health and safety-net hospitals are in crisis. Nurses and healthcare professionals have been overworked and understaffed for nearly two years on the frontlines. Today's announcement of additional funding is critical to supporting our healthcare workers and delivering the care that all our patients need. We applaud Mayor Adams for securing this critical funding to invest in the City's staffing needs, support the current healthcare workforce, and support hospitals to safely provide care to all communities in NYC,” said NYSNA Executive Director Pat Kane, RN.
The City-negotiated COVID-19 Hospital Loan Fund provides loans to safety net hospitals needs by covering pandemic response costs while hospitals apply for FEMA reimbursements and has already funded over 2,400 safety net hospital staff members serving over 26,000 patients. The Fund was established by and will be operated by NYCEDC.
Resources totaling $111 million for DOHMH and H+H will ease staffing needs to increase temporary staff, including nursing, providers, and other clinical teams. This will ease staffing needs across the health system, specifically within the ICUs, med-surg units,