Nanticoke Hospital to receive $1.6 million for COVID-19 relief
SEAFORD, Del. – On Monday, U.S. Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons and Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester announced that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will provide a $1.6 million payment to Nanticoke Hospital in Seaford.
This comes after the Delaware Congressional Delegation wrote to HHS Secretary Alex Azar, requesting an award for Nanticoke after it did not initially receive funding from rural hospital support included in the CARES Act. Lawmakers say Nanticoke is considered to be a rural Medicare Dependent Hospital and has been drained of resources in recent months because of the limits on outpatient and elective procedures.
“In the midst of this pandemic and economic crisis, my first priority is delivering aid and resources to Delaware, and this $1.6 million federal funding is absolutely critical for Nanticoke Hospital to continue providing care to our neighbors in need,” said Senator Coons. “Our health systems are facing incredible pressure and treating more patients than ever, and I will continue doing everything I can to ensure they have the full support of the federal government.”
“They need the money. They could use the money and the decision sought by Senator Coons, myself and several other states including New Jersey. The department has said that doesn’t make much sense. If Sussex County isn’t a rural county I don’t know what is,” says Senator Carper.