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Oak Orchard Health approved for $870,575 in federal funds through CARES Act

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 18 April 2020 at 2:12 pm

Oak Orchard Health has been approved for $870,575 in federal funding through the CARES Act, Congressman Joe Morelle of Rochester announced on Friday.

These funds were awarded through the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and made available through the CARES Act recently passed by Congress which allocated $1.3 billion to support these healthcare providers.

Oak Orchard Health has healthcare centers in Albion, Lyndonville, Brockport, Warsaw and Hornell, as well as a mobile dental unit.

“We were so grateful to see this funding come through when we needed it most,” said Mary Ann Pettibon, CEO of Oak Orchard Health. “Our patients rely on us to provide the health care that they deserve, and this funding allowed us to take care of our patients while keeping our healthcare workers employed during this crucial time. We not only serve a vulnerable population of uninsured and underinsured, but we work with the migrant farmworker population to educate them on the use of personal protective equipment (face masks and gloves), and educate them on how to prevent the spread of coronavirus.”

Morelle also announced funding for other community health centers in the Rochester area, including Mosaic Health, $2,382,830; Anthony L. Jordan Health Corporation, $952,970; and Regional Health Reach, Inc., $503,000.

“Our community health centers are on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19, and our entire nation is grateful for their dedication and patriotism under extraordinarily difficult circumstances,” Morelle said. “We have an obligation to ensure they have the resources they need to treat COVID-19 and keep families in our community safe. That’s why Congress took immediate action to allocate this funding, which will go a long way towards helping our local health systems respond to this unprecedented crisis.”

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