2009-08-06 / Front Page

FCMC To Get $100K In Fed Money

Bill headed to Senate, House for approval

A bill that would bring $100,000 in funding to Fulton County Medical Center has been approved by the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee and now faces just three additional hurdles before becoming a reality.

Pa. senators Bob Casey and Arlen Specter reported last week that the fiscal year 2010 Labor, Health, Human Services and Education Appropriations bill was approved by the appropriations committee and now must win approval from the full Senate and House of Representatives before going to the president for signing.

The bill includes $100,000 for Fulton County Medical Center (FCMC) for equipment. According to the request made by FCMC, funds will be used for "an MRI upgrade, mammography equipment, and cardiology equipment to provide access to critical health services."

FCMC CEO Jason Hawkins said of the appropriation, "The support that senators Specter and Casey have shown to Fulton County and the Fulton County Medical Center over the past few years has been an endorsement of our commitment to providing the highest quality care to our community. We appreciate their ongoing support and commitment to our mission and vision."

Cheryl Brown, FCMC's director of development/foundation, told the "News," "We applied for funding back in February and are delighted that $100,000 is being considered to upgrade our medical equipment to better serve our community."

Both Pennsylvania senators commented on the funding package in their announcement. "I am pleased my colleagues have approved this important funding for central Pennsylvania," Sen. Specter said. "Health and education are our nation's greatest capital assets, and these projects are vital to ensuring quality healthcare and education for Pennsylvania."

"I am happy that funding for these vital projects has been approved by my colleagues," Sen. Casey said. "These funds will ensure that Pennsylvanians have access to quality healthcare, job training programs and education. This is great news for southcentral Pennsylvania."

The appropriations bill includes $100,000 funding each for 10 separate south-central Pennsylvania projects, including healthcare projects at Holy Spirit Healthcare System, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Penn State University, Pinnacle Health System in Dauphin County, Preferred Health Care in Lancaster County, York College of Pennsylvania; and education-related projects at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, the Army Heritage Center Foundation in Cumberland County and Susquehanna University.

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