Nearly $2 million for local humanitarian projects championed by Rep. Chris Smith (R-Manchester) cleared a major hurdle in Congress last week as the House Appropriations Committee approved federal funding for projects as part of congressional spending bills for the upcoming fiscal year.
Smith said the Committee approved $615,000 to upgrade equipment at CentraState Medical Center in Freehold to enable state-of-the-art Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) used to treat primary and metastatic brain and spine cancers, as well as epilepsy and other neurological conditions.
“This upgraded equipment will benefit patients throughout Central Jersey by enabling those with cancer—the second leading cause of death in our state—and other serious diseases to access state-of-the-art treatment options that are close to home,” said Smith.
“CentraState wishes to express our sincere gratitude to Congressman Smith for securing the inclusion of this important funding in the House Labor-HHS appropriations bill,” said Thomas W. Scott, President and CEO of CentraState Medical Center. “This funding will enable our organization’s existing Elekta Linear Accelerator to deliver state-of-the-art Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) to our patients suffering from the most progressive forms of cancer.”
“We thank Congressman Smith for his efforts on this project and for his decades-long support for the critical work that we do,” said Scott.