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Local hospitals getting $17.1 million from FEMA to off-set COVID losses

A green and white Erie County Medical Center sign.
Eileen Buckley
Erie County Medical Center will receive just under $2 million.

More than $17.1 million federal dollars are being sent to hospitals across Western New York to help offset financial losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a release, Rep. Brian Higgins (D-Buffalo) said the money is from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency to assist hospitals with urgent needs related to the national health emergency.

Just under $2 million are being provided to the Erie County Medical Center for emergency protective measures for staff, patients and visitors at its main campus on Grider Street and several affiliated clinics.

Nearly $7.6 million are going to Kaleida Health for its four hospitals, plus long-term care facilities, outpatient centers and its operation of the Visiting Nurses Association of Western New York.

Over $7.5 million will go to the Catholic Health System for its four regional hospitals, 75 outpatient sites and long-term care facilities.