Washington - Senators Robert Menendez and Frank R. Lautenberg, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the Senate approved legislation to give New Jersey more than $10 million in federal funding for hospitals, as well as health and education programs, in the FY 2008 Omnibus Appropriations bill.

The Appropriations legislation passed the House on Monday but will have to go back to that body before it is sent to the President. It is expected to pass the House and go to President Bush for his signature by the end of the week.

"For our state, we are bringing assistance to education programs that prepare our youth to succeed and cutting-edge technology to improve our health care centers," said Menendez. "We are making an investment in New Jersey families and their quality of life."

"This money would support vital services for residents across our state. Whether it's educating our children, responding to health emergencies or increasing access to cutting-edge medical treatments, these funds play a critical part in ensuring the health and well being of New Jerseyans," Sen. Lautenberg said.

These funds were included as part of the FY 2008 Omnibus Appropriations bill which passed the Senate.

Some of the projects funded in the measure are:

· $80,606 to ASPIRA, Inc of New Jersey for an Educational and Leadership Development program;

· $478,721 to Atlantic Health System for an electronic disease tracking system;

· $238,869 to Brookdale Community College for the Asbury Park Enrichment and Student Success Center;

· $325,373 to Camden County's Mobile Health Van;

· $478,721 to Children's Specialized Hospital's new Pediatric Center of Excellence in New Brunswick;

· $191,685 to Christian Health Care of New Jersey for renovations to the Heritage Manor Nursing Home;

· $608,477 to East Orange General Hospital for Emergency Department renovation;

· $167,110 to Englewood Hospital for Emergency Department renovation;

· $608,477 to Essex County for a mental health services initiative;

· $363,710 to Generations, Inc for the construction of a medical center in Camden County;

· $167,110 to Holy Name Hospital for facility renovation;

· $287,036 to Jewish Federation of Central New Jersey for a Naturally Occurring Retirement Community Demonstration project;

· $287,036 to Jewish Federation of Greater Monmouth County for a Naturally Occurring Retirement Community Demonstration project;

· $181,855 to Jewish Renaissance Medical Center for facility construction, renovation and equipment;

· $363,710 to Kennedy Health System in Voorhees for the Advanced Cancer Prevention and Treatment Initiative;

· $718,573 to Lourdes Health System for Intensive Care Nursery equipment and facility renovation;

· $238,869 to Morris Museum for an Interactive Educational Workshop Center;

· $277,206 to Newark Beth Israel Medical Center for an Emergency Department Expansion Initiative;

· $143,518 to Newton Memorial Hospital for purchase of equipment;

· $263,444 to Palisades Medical Center for facility renovation and equipment;

· $613,392 to Rutgers University School of Law in Camden for student scholarships, internships and public interest programming;

· $238,869 to St. Francis Medical Center for the expansion of Urgent and Specialty Clinic Services

· $306,696 to St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center for health information technology;

· $143,518 to St. Michael's Medical Center for heart disease screening;

· $502,313 for Seton Hall University's Science and Technology Center;

· $181,855 to Shiloh Economic and Entrepreneurial Lifelong Development Corp for an after-school program;

· $478,721 to Somerset Medical Center for electronic health record upgrades;

· $143,518 to Trinitas Health Foundation for construction, equipment and renovation;

· $243,784 to Union County for the Academy of Allied Health Sciences;

· $162,195 to UJA Federation of Northern NJ in River Edge for a Naturally Occurring Retirement Community Demonstration project ;

· $478,721 to UJC MetroWest for a Naturally Occurring Retirement Community Demonstration project;

· $191,685 to Virtua Health in Mount Holly for cancer treatment equipment; and

· $200,532 to William Paterson University for the Center for the Study of Critical Languages.

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