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Maloney Announces Over $7.2 Million American Rescue Plan Grant to Cornerstone Family Healthcare

Mar 26, 2021
Press Release

Maloney Announces Over $7.2 Million American Rescue Plan Grant to Cornerstone Family Healthcare

Newburgh, NY – Today, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) announced a federal investment of $7,247,375 for Cornerstone Family Healthcare, a Hudson Valley non-profit dedicated to providing high quality and accessible primary and preventative health care services. Cornerstone serves over 40,000 patients annually in Orange, Rockland, Ulster, and Broome Counties in New York and in Pike County.

“I am proud to announce that the American Rescue Plan has delivered a $7.2 million investment to Cornerstone Family Healthcare,” said Rep. Maloney. “From day one, our Community Health Centers have been on the frontline of this pandemic. Cornerstone alone has tested and treated tens of thousands of folks here in the Hudson Valley, and has been an invaluable resource to our community. Now more than ever, as they experience significant financial setback as a result of this pandemic, we need to ensure they have the resources they need to continue their fight to keep the Hudson Valley healthy.”

“COVID-19 has reinforced the drastic need for equitable access to health care,” shared Linda Muller, President and CEO of Cornerstone Family Healthcare. “As a Federally Qualified Health Center, Cornerstone Family Healthcare has been on the frontlines treating the underserved communities that have been most heavily impacted by COVID-19. We’re thankful to Representative Maloney for his unwavering support of health center patients and recognizing the role community health centers play as trusted providers of care and the unique role we serve in reaching underserved and vulnerable populations.”

The federal funding comes from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which will invest over $6 billion from the American Rescue Plan in Community Health Centers across the country to expand access to vaccines in underserved communities. Funds will help Cornerstone and other Community Health Centers expand COVID-19 vaccinations, testing, and treatment for vulnerable populations; deliver preventive and primary health care services to people at higher risk for COVID-19; and expand health centers’ operational capacity during the pandemic and beyond, including modifying and improving physical infrastructure and adding mobile units.

Using innovative medical practices like telehealth systems and a mobile COVID-19 testing unit, Cornerstone Family Healthcare has tested and treated thousands of New Yorkers across the Hudson Valley during the pandemic. The health center also offers antibody tests, and has continued preventive and non-pandemic care services for patients throughout the pandemic. They are also an approved distributor of the COVID-19 vaccine. 

Community Health Centers are community-based, comprehensive care providers that focus on serving communities in areas where economic, geographic or cultural barriers limit access to health and preventive care. Despite the critical services health centers provide to low-income and medically vulnerable communities, health centers across the country have been financially stressed by the pandemic. Nationally, over 1,000 health centers have temporarily closed due to the pandemic. Over 80 health centers in New York State have temporarily closed.

Cornerstone opened its doors in 1967 in Orange County’s Black Dirt region with a mission to provide health care to underserved populations. Federal investments have helped Cornerstone expand from four to 16 service sites in eight years. In 2019, Rep. Maloney announced a federal investment of $6,656,417 to support Cornerstone’s initiatives.