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Rep. Zeldin Announces $60M for WTC Wellness Program at Stony Brook University

April 11, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC - Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1) today announced that the Stony Brook University WTC Wellness Program has received $60 Million in federal funding from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The funding will be used to improve operations within the program, which offers essential screening services and treatment for 9/11 first responders.

Congressman Zeldin said, “I am proud to announce that this vital Stony Brook program has received $60 million in federal funding. This five year federal grant will go a long way in ensuring our 9/11 first responders receive the essential care and services they need and rightly deserve. We can never do enough to support these American heroes, who selflessly risked their lives at such an important time in our nation's history. This grant is an essential way to remember and honor the brave sacrifices made in the aftermath of the attack on our nation."

“This award is a remarkable commitment by NIOSH that enables us to help 911 responders who have multiple healthcare needs at every level, from their physical and mental health problems to monitoring the long-term effects yet to surface from exposures at ground zero,” said Dr. Benjamin Luft, MD, Director and Principal Investigator of the WTC Wellness Program. “I appreciate the confidence that the federal agencies and legislators have in our program, and that they continue to support our work to care for these patients who selflessly gave of themselves at the time of the 911 attacks and aftermath.”

“Stony Brook’s WTC Wellness Program has helped turn the tragedy of 911 for our courageous responders into a beacon of hope with healthcare experts and resources that make a real difference in their lives and well-being,” said Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD, President of Stony Brook University. “This transformational grant will help to expand services for this important patient population and is a testament to the program’s long-term commitment and impact in caring for them.”

“Stony Brook Medicine is built on the principle that a collaborative and multidisciplinary approach provides the best healthcare, which enables us to deliver care for our patients at the highest level of quality, and to make the greatest possible impact on our region,” said Kenneth Kaushansky, MD, Senior Vice President for the Health Sciences, and Dean of the School of Medicine. “The WTC Wellness Program is a shining example of just how important the collaborative and innovative work of our healthcare specialists can be, and this grant will help them reach higher levels in caring for 911 responders.”