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St. John’s Episcopal Hospital to Receive Federal Funding for Essential Services through Support from Congressman Gregory W. Meeks

Far Rockaway, New York, March 15, 2022 — St. John’s Episcopal Hospital announced today that Congressman Gregory W. Meeks has secured $4 million in federal funding to support crucial services at the hospital. Congressman Meeks advocated for the funds through the Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22) omnibus appropriations bill that was passed by the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate. The bill will now go before President Joe Biden for his signature. The funding will support the hospital’s Women and Newborns Health Equity Renovation Project, and the Behavioral Health Equity Renovation Project.

“I am proud to have secured funding that will make our community healthier, safer, stronger, and even more resilient. The $4 million in funds for St. John’s Episcopal Hospital that will be used toward the renovation of the Behavioral Health, Women and the Maternity/NICU and Labor and Delivery Units is extremely critical to support our only health center serving the Rockaways,” said Congressman Gregory W. Meeks.

“On behalf of St. John’s Episcopal Hospital, I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to Congressman Gregory Meeks for his continued support, and advocacy for funding from the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services that will go towards our Women and Newborns Health Equity Renovation project, and our Behavioral Health Equity Renovation project,” said Jerry Walsh, Chief Executive Officer. “As the only hospital located on the Rockaway, Queens Peninsula, these two projects will significantly help us achieve our mission of improving access to quality healthcare to the more than 130,000 community members that we serve. Thank you again to Congressman Gregory Meeks for always taking into account the needs of the Rockaway communities.”

“St. John’s Episcopal Hospital is extremely grateful and applaud Rep. Gregory Meeks and the Congressional Appropriations Committee for approving $4 million to support our Behavioral Health and Women/Newborn Equity Renovation Projects,” said Renee Hastick-Motes, Vice President of External Affairs and President of the St. John’s ICARE Foundation. “These renovations are essential to ensuring adequate care is provided to our patients in an esthetically conducive environment.”

About Episcopal Health Services

Episcopal Health Services Inc., (EHS) is a health system located on the Rockaway Peninsula in Queens, New York. The system provides emergency and ambulatory care to the densely populated, culturally and economically diverse, and medically underserved Rockaways and Five Towns populations. The system provides people of all faiths with comprehensive preventive, diagnostic treatment, and rehabilitative services, regardless of their ability to pay.