The Sitrin Healthcare Center has received a 500-thousand dollar state grant for development of the first long-term care program in upstate New York for patients with ALS and Huntington's Disease.

The grant was announced by Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi.

“Sitrin has turned a skilled nursing unit into a unique long-term care program for patients with ALS and HD. The staff of this state-of-the-art center are proving, through collaboration with others in the field, that patients with ALS and HD can have a better quality of life.  Sitrin’s goal to make this new facility the Center of Excellence in New York State for the treatment of people with these conditions is laudable.  The center already has put the Mohawk Valley on the map in terms of quality medical care, and its further development will create good paying jobs to benefit our region economically,” said Brindisi.

The funding will be used to offset renovation costs, which were about $1.7 million.

The Neuro Care Program admitted its first patients about three weeks ago.  The new unit also created 40 new jobs.