Congress Members Secure $2.1M in Federal Funding for Rochester Regional Health

Elected officials in Congress secured millions of dollars to continue Rochester Regional Health’s mission of innovation, advocacy for better care, and dedication to our community.

Apr. 4, 2022 3   min read

Rochester Regional Health is proud to announce our elected members of Congress have secured more than $2 million in federal funding to assist with our ongoing endeavors to improve the overall health of the greater Rochester community.

The funding was made available through the passage of the 2022 Omnibus Appropriations bill. Thanks to the advocacy of U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Representatives Joseph Morelle, Chris Jacobs, and John Katko, Rochester Regional Health will be moving forward with several projects that will benefit providers and patients alike.

Funding the future of healthcare

Significant progress will be made on a series of Rochester Regional Health projects and initiatives across the greater Rochester region, thanks to the funding secured in the appropriations bill.

Schumer (D-NY) and Morelle (D-NY) delivered $1,000,000 for the Health Workforce Initiative at Rochester General College of Health Careers in Rochester. This program is dedicated to preparing adult learners with the knowledge, skills, and competencies necessary to pursue health careers, advanced education, and lifelong learning.

The construction of a Healthy Living Campus in downtown Batavia received $900,000 in funding, thanks to the advocacy of Schumer and Jacobs (R-NY). This major redevelopment project is being undertaken through a partnership with United Memorial Medical Center and the GLOW YMCA.

At Newark-Wayne Community Hospital, $180,000 in funding will be allocated to purchase defibrillator units. The procuring of this equipment is supported by the advocacy of Schumer and Katko (R-NY).

A strong relationship

Through our shared dedication to the people living in our community and ongoing advocacy for exemplary health care, Rochester Regional Health is proud to work with our Congress members to ensure the best health outcomes for everyone.

“Rochester Regional Health extends its sincere thanks to our representatives for their continued support and hard work on behalf of our community,” said Hugh Thomas, Chief Administrative Officer for Rochester Regional Health. “The funding received through this bill will enable our providers to continue doing the important work of providing high-quality health care to all members of our community.”

“Our hospital systems need support as they continue to navigate and overcome the pandemic,” Schumer said. “Rochester Regional Health’s world-class facilities serve thousands across the Rochester-Finger Lakes region at facilities like Rochester General Hospital, Newark-Wayne Community Hospital, and United Memorial Medical Center, keeping the community safe and healthy. I was proud to secure funding for these hospitals so that Rochester Regional Health can strengthen their workforce and continue to serve the region with the utmost level of care.”

Rochester Regional Health is an integrated health services organization serving the people of Western New York, the Finger Lakes, St. Lawrence County, and beyond. The system includes nine hospitals; primary and specialty practices, rehabilitation centers, ambulatory campuses and urgent care facilities; innovative senior services, facilities and independent housing; a wide range of behavioral health services; and Rochester Regional Health Laboratories and ACM Global Laboratories, a global leader in patient and clinical trials. Rochester Regional Health is the region’s second-largest employer. Learn more at