Just days after visiting Seneca County, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand made a stop in Auburn early Friday afternoon.
She was joined by local leaders at Auburn Community Hospital to highlight $2 million in Congressionally directed spending she and Senator Charles Schumer secured for equipment for the hospital’s new state-of-the-art cancer center. The funding will also be used for infrastructure improvements and to purchase critical medical equipment for cancer diagnostics.
Auburn Community Hospital is in the midst of building a new 12,000 sq. ft. cancer center. Cancer is a leading cause of death in Cayuga County, and currently, four out of five residents must travel more than 25 miles for medical oncology services. The major expansion will add radiation oncology services and many other lifesaving cancer treatments and diagnostic services for members of the community. The funding will be used for key infrastructure improvements, such as additional parking for more patients, and for a new PET-CT Scanner for pre-diagnostic testing, which will enable cancer surgeons to locate the exact position of tumors. The new center will include a linear accelerator treatment vault, a patient treatment planning and dosimetry space, seven exam rooms, eight infusion rooms, a consultation room, control rooms, and office space for staff.
“Auburn Community Hospital is a vital resource to the people of the City of Auburn and the establishment of the new Cancer Center expands the service to our community. I would like to thank Senator Gillibrand for being in Auburn and delivering the news that she and Senator Schumer have secured federal funding to assist with equipment and infrastructure for the Cancer Center. These federal resources being invested in Auburn are a huge boost for this vital project,” said Mayor Michael Quill.
“Cayuga County is fortunate to have an amazing institution like Auburn Community Hospital. I would like to thank Senator Gillibrand and Senator Schumer for their efforts to secure $2 million in Congressionally Directed Spending for this Cancer Center. Our healthcare professionals provide lifesaving care every day for our community, and this funding will go a long way to supporting their work,” said Chairman David Gould, Cayuga County Legislature.
“Auburn Community Hospital provides lifesaving care to cancer patients in this community,” said Senator Gillibrand. “This $2 million in funding will help make sure that Auburn Community Hospital’s state-of-the-art cancer center can obtain the cutting-edge technology it needs to support doctors, surgeons, and patients. Furthermore, it will prevent patients from having to travel long distances to get the care they need. This funding will create jobs and improve quality of care for patients across Cayuga County. Making sure every American has access to affordable, comprehensive, and high-quality health care is not a luxury but a necessity, and I’ll keep fighting to bring federal dollars to hospitals and health care facilities in Auburn and across New York.”
Auburn Community Hospital President & CEO Scott Berlucchi, and City Councilor Ginny Kent were also on hand for Friday’s visit.