– Recognizing the ongoing challenges faced by Pennsylvania’s frontline health care workers, Reps. Tina Pickett (R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna) and Clint Owlett (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter) on Wednesday joined their House colleagues in supporting the allocation of $225 million in federal COVID-19 relief funding to medical facilities statewide, including five in Bradford County. The bill was then signed into law by the governor as Act 2 of 2022
“This funding is going to be well spent on retention and recruitment efforts to ensure residents will continue to receive quality medical care at facilities in Bradford County,” said Pickett. “Nurses and other hospital employees have worked so hard during the pandemic, and they should be rewarded in this way for their lifesaving service to our communities.”
Local health care facilities will receive funding as follows:
Bradford Recovery Center LLC – $135,802.
Children’s Center for Treatment and Education – $70,092.
Robert Packer Hospital – $919,593.
Robert Packer, Towanda Campus – $59,786.
Troy Community Hospital – $180,692.
“Hospitals across the state have been hit very hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, but it has been especially challenging for the small rural hospitals like those in our districts,” Owlett said. “They truly answer the call, not just during COVID-19 for the past two years, but each and every day. This is a much-needed and well-deserved investment that will help them continue their mission of caring for the citizens of rural Pennsylvania.”
Act 2 directs $100 million in funding to be shared among all hospitals and $110 million for critical access hospitals, high Medicaid-use hospitals and behavioral health providers. The measure also allocates $15 million for a nursing student loan forgiveness program.
Hospital executives and administration, contracted staff and physicians are not eligible for payments. The funding can only be directed to nurses and other hospital employees.
The General Assembly is also expected to pass a similar bill next month that would direct $25 million to fire and ambulance companies.