Cuba Memorial Hospital Upgrade Approved

August 20, 2012 Updated Aug 20, 2012 at 7:09 AM EDT

By WKBW News
By Business First by Tracey Drury

August 20, 2012 Updated Aug 20, 2012 at 7:09 AM EDT

CUBA, NY (WKBW) - State regulators at the Department of Health have approved a plan to upgrade the sprinkler system at Cuba Memorial Hospital's skilled nursing facility.

The $200,000 project allows the Allegany County facility to meet federal requirements included in the Life Safety Code for long-term care facilities and nursing homes that participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs.

The hospital initially requested approval on the project in January, 2011, along with dozens of area nursing homes working to meet the federal deadline for completion of August 2013.

The residential health-care facility is a 61-bed facility located on West Main Street in Cuba. It is located within the hospital, which has 20 acute care beds.

Late last month, the DOH Public Health and Health Planning Council approved an amendment to public health law that will hasten Medicaid reimbursements for nursing homes struggling to pay for sprinkler upgrade projects by next summer.

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