Amy Pollard, president and CEO of Noyes Health in Dansville announced last week that Noyes Health has been designated as a recipient of a $4.69 million HEAL NY (Health Care Efficiency and Affordability Law for New Yorkers) grant. The focus of the Noyes grant application was to support a complete renovation and restructuring of services of the hospital's emergency department.

Amy Pollard, president and CEO of Noyes Health in Dansville announced last week that Noyes Health has been designated as a recipient of a $4.69 million HEAL NY (Health Care Efficiency and Affordability Law for New Yorkers) grant. The focus of the Noyes grant application was to support a complete renovation and restructuring of services of the hospital's emergency department.

“The board of directors, administration, medical and hospital staff of Noyes are all ecstatic about the grant,” Pollard said.

As in all hospitals, the emergency department is the entry point of care for a majority of patients. The emergency department serves as a safety net for communities when alternate services are closed, non-existent or not accessible. The redesign of the emergency department will enable patients to be assessed and treated in a more efficient and cost effective setting. Emergency care, observation services and after hours care will all be part of the new emergency department.

Noyes Health’s focus for the HEAL grant application was to renovate its aging emergency department to provide larger private rooms, offer three levels of care (emergency, observation and after hours care) within one setting and to ease transition of patients into and out of the medical system establish a telemedicine link for specialty consultations.

"The HEAL grant funding is a big step towards Noyes Health achieving its goal of improving the experience of patients that utilize our ED," Pollard said.

Noyes Health will begin a capital campaign in the coming months to elicit community support for the emergency department renovation.

“The $4.69 million that Noyes received from the HEAL grant represents a good portion of the funds necessary to complete the project," Pollard explained. "We will need the generous support of our community to achieve our goal.”

HEAL NY grants were designed to help hospitals and nursing homes improve primary and community-based care, eliminate excess bed capacity, and reduce over-reliance on inpatient care in hospitals and nursing homes. The goal of HEAL NY grants were structured to enable health care facilities to deliver more efficient, higher quality care through restructuring, merging, and realigning operations. The awards will also help develop collaborative projects among health care providers and support capital projects, such as the conversion of hospital inpatient space to outpatient and ambulatory care and inpatient nursing home capacity to other less-restrictive forms of long-term care.