BAINBRIDGE – Today, Congressman Dave Joyce (OH-14) announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded Signature Health, Inc. $1,010,300 to assist its efforts in combating COVID-19 in Northeast Ohio. This funding was awarded under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, in which Joyce helped secure over $100 billion for hospitals and health systems and $1.3 billion for community health centers. Since the bill was signed into law, Ohio has received over $40.7 million in CARES supplemental funding to support 51 health centers.
“Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, health systems – like Signature Health – and the medical professionals they employ have been working non-stop to protect the health and safety of the American people,” said Joyce. “I was proud to support the CARES Act and am thrilled to see this critical funding going to support the life-saving efforts of Signature Health in our communities here in Northeast Ohio. I know we have a long road ahead of us, but I will not stop fighting until the unsung heroes of our health systems and hospitals have the resources they need to defeat this deadly virus.”
“We are deeply honored to receive an award for just over $1M today from the CARES Act thanks to Congressman Joyce’s leadership to help community health centers here in North East Ohio and across the nation fight the battle against COVID-19,” said Jonathan Lee, CEO of Signature Health. “This investment in Signature Health will facilitate supplies and the professionals we need to provide exceptional care in our community so we can help protect our hospitals from being overwhelmed by patients who don’t need that level of care. As front line health care workers we can’t tell you how grateful we are to have Congressman Joyce’s backing and support in this fight.”
Signature Health is a Federally Qualified Health Center with locations in Ashtabula, Painesville, Willoughby, and three locations in Cuyahoga County. Signature Health sees 25,000 patients for primary care, behavioral health care, and infectious disease care annually.
Prior to the passage of the CARES Act, Joyce wrote a letter to House and Senate Leadership calling for a significant influx of funding to help hospitals and health systems on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis. This effort helped lead to the inclusion of over $100 billion for hospitals and health systems in the legislation.
You can read the full letter here.