ROCKVILLE CENTRE, NY - Governor Cuomo recently announced that St. Charles Hospital, a member of Catholic Health Services (CHS), was awarded a $3.2 million HEAL grant to develop a program that will support children who are ventilator dependent. Children on ventilators as a result of an accident or illness will be transferred to the Port Jefferson hospital for aggressive rehabilitation that will help them return home. Once home, support will continue through the services of another CHS entity, Catholic Home Care. For children unable to return home, a unit will be developed at CHS’s Our Lady of Consolation Nursing and Rehabilitative Care Center in West Islip. Throughout the treatment, Maryhaven Center of Hope, part of CHS, will provide ongoing education for children and their families.