Congressman Neal announces $8.7M in federal funding to Holyoke Medical Center

Hampden County

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – Congressman Richard Neal alongside President and CEO of Holyoke Medical Center Spiros Hatiras announced Saturday morning $8.7 million in federal funding will be going to Holyoke Medical Center.

According to a news release sent to 22News, Congressman Neal stated what the funds will be provided for and why the medical center is receiving financial support.

During the announcement, Neal stated the following:

This money is a lifeline for providers who are caring for the COVID patients and others in the community who need quality health care, and Holyoke Medical Center is one of the best. The COVID-19 pandemic is first and foremost a health crisis. This funding will help support patients, providers, and frontline health workers.

Holyoke also stepped up and took on patients from the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home when it was overwhelmed with COVID-related infections. Thanks to their help, many veterans received the care they needed during a troubling time.

Congressman Richard Neal

President and CEO of Holyoke Medical Center Spiros Hatiras added the following remarks:

Holyoke Medical Center, like other Massachusetts hospitals, has suffered significant financial losses in the fight against the pandemic. For a small stand-alone community hospital, the impact of the additional costs and the loss of revenue can mean financial ruin. Chairman Neal has tirelessly advocated for all hospitals, and very specifically for the most vulnerable hospitals, like Holyoke Medical Center. We are extremely grateful for the advocacy and the financial relief we received.

This funding directly helps our nurses, doctors, and frontline staff because it secures PPE, equipment, and resources for the ongoing fight against the pandemic. We know that the Chairman will continue to keep a watchful eye on Massachusetts hospitals as this pandemic unfolds. We are confident he will do everything in his power to continue the much-needed support.

Spiros Hatiras

Holyoke Medical Center has reported a steady decline in Covid-19 patients during the past few months. So much so, an emergency testing site established during the height of the pandemic was allowed to close.

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