Engel, King Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Modernize U.S. Hospitals

Engel, King Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Modernize U.S. Hospitals


Washington, D.C. – Representatives Eliot L. Engel (NY-16) and Peter King (NY-02) have introduced The 21st Century Hospital Act, bipartisan legislation that directs the Department of Health and Human Services to conduct a study assessing the level of investment needed to modernize hospitals in the United States.


Across country, many critical and safety-net hospitals operate on slim margins; meaning, they lack the financial resources to modernize their facilities and clinical tools. As a result, some patients may miss out on the latest, cutting-edge treatments and services.


It is unclear how much investment is needed to improve hospital and clinical facilities in the United States. The 21st Century Hospital Act would commission a nationwide study examining the amount of capital needed to bring U.S. hospitals into the 21st Century.


“Too often conversations about infrastructure leave out hospitals,” Rep. Engel said. “This bill will help lawmakers and health care experts determine where investment is needed so that all Americans have access to modern hospitals.”


“It is imperative that all hospitals are equipped and resilient to deliver essential medical care,” Rep. King said. “I am proud to work with my good friend Congressman Engel to help address this vulnerability.”


“HANYS is grateful to Reps. Engel and King for their leadership in recognizing the need to address aging hospital infrastructure,” said HANYS President Bea Grause, RN, JD. “With their aging infrastructure, New York’s nonprofit hospitals face serious challenges, such as natural disasters, and often must delay physical improvements due to budget limitations.  The legislation introduced by Reps. Engel and King will help to identify the need for federal investment in hospital infrastructure to improve patient access to quality care.” 


“This important bill will study the troubling state of hospital infrastructure in the United States, with a focus on hospitals that serve vulnerable populations,” said Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA) President Kenneth E. Raske. “Hospital infrastructure continues to deteriorate nationwide, and access to care is a constant concern in struggling communities. GNYHA applauds Representatives Engel and King for their leadership on this vital issue.”


“Thank you to Representatives Engel and King for their leadership in sponsoring this bill that will ensure we have the resources to continue investing in the infrastructure and technology required to deliver the most advanced, high quality, cost-effective care to our patients, when and where they need it the most,” said Dr. Steven M. Safyer, President and CEO, Montefiore Medicine. “This bill is critical to our success in being innovators in how we provide the best care today and being at the forefront of delivering the most efficient healthcare of tomorrow.”