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News: St. Mary's Received a $7M Lifeline

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The state gave St. Mary's, the second-largest award of the six hospitals receiving the grants. Jersey City Medical Center received the highest award at $22 million. Thirteen New Jersey hospitals applied for a grant.

The criteria for receiving money were that the hospital faced closure or significant reduction of services and that the hospital served a high number of uninsured, underinsured and or Medicaid patients.

"St. Mary's, as you know, is sole provider of acute medical services in Passaic and serves a large number of Medicaid and charity care patients," Leusner said.

St. Mary's applied for $22 million with the intent of using the money to expand its emergency room services and maternal child health program, but was grateful for the $7 million, said Vanessa Warner, hospital spokeswoman...

The other hospitals receiving awards were: East Orange General Hospital, $5 million; Kimball Medical Center in Lakewood, $1 million; Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, $5 million; and Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, $4 million.

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