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MVHS gets $1 million in FEMA funding for pandemic recovery

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UTICA, N.Y. – Mohawk Valley Health System is getting more than $1 million in FEMA funding to help recover from the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Congresswoman Claudia Tenney, R-22, says the grant money was awarded through FEMA’s Disaster Relief Fund established in March of 2020, to cover the cost of providing extensive COVID testing for staff, nursing home residents and patients.

MVHS performed more than 21,000 tests in just the first six months of the pandemic, and the grant will reimburse the network for costs not covered by insurance.

Louis Aiello, senior vice president and chief financial officer at MVHS, says the hospital system plans to submit more applications for federal aid.

“MVHS is grateful for the partnership with Arthur Cornwell from FEMA and Van Miles from the NYS Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Services to secure the more than $1 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that will help to cover some of the costs related to COVID-19,” he said. “We look forward to continuing to work with these partners as we submit additional applications to FEMA to cover the monumental costs incurred to take care of our patients, employees and the entire community.”

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