Melanie Lekocevic reported yesterday on HudsonValley360 that Columbia Memorial Health is to receive millions in funding from the Statewide Health Care Facility Transformation Program: "CMH in line for $17.4 million state grant." According to a statement from Governor Andrew Cuomo's office, the funding for CMH will be used "to retire debt to better position the organization to modernize and right-size inpatient facilities and expand community-based outpatient services."
We know from experience with the Hudson City School District that the buzzword right-size means reduce in size. Given that CMH recently announced plans to discontinue birthing services because of the declining number of births in Hudson and Columbia County, one wonders what else might be part of the "right-sizing" efforts.
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