TOPEKA — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s acting state director for rural development in Kansas, Dan Fischer, announced on Wednesday the awarding of $2.55 million in emergency health care grants in rural setting, benefiting 10 rural Kansas communities.
USDA grants will help rural hospitals and health care providers implement telehealth and nutrition assistance programs, augment staff to administer COVID-19 vaccines and testing, build or renovate facilities and purchase medical supplies.
Kansas communities receiving grants are:
- Cheyenne County Public Buildings Commission will receive a $54,200 grant to be used for the purchase and installation of flooring and equipment to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the Saint Francis skilled nursing facility. The facility’s flooring and dining room furniture cannot withstand the new cleaning and sanitizing standards required by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The project will replace over 9,000 square feet of carpet and laminate flooring and purchase new dining tables and chairs.
- The Cloud County Health Center will receive a grant of $369,600 to be used towards the purchase of a magnetic resonance imaging machine. An on-site MRI service will provide faster diagnosis and treatment, improving the quality of care.
- Winfield Rest Haven Inc. will receive a grant of $307,600 to be used to reimburse Winfield Rest Haven Inc. for lost revenue incurred during the COVID-19 pandemic. Winfield Rest Haven, a qualified nursing home, is open to all residents regardless of ability to pay. The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly reduced the facility’s operating revenue.
- The Atchison Hospital Association will receive a grant of $414,800 to be used to reimburse the Atchison Hospital Association, Amberwell Health, for lost revenue in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This facility provides inpatient, outpatient, emergency care, and medical services to patients in the county and surrounding areas.
- Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Center will receive a grant of $434,300 to be used to purchase and install telehealth infrastructure and upgrade Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Center health information systems. The critical access hospital has faced unprecedented challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Sumner County Hospital District #1 will receive a $91,100 grant to be used to purchase equipment and supplies to replace what was used during the COVID-19 pandemic, increase telehealth capabilities, purchase additional equipment to continue to serve COVID-19 patients and provide vaccines and testing at this Caldwell facility. This project will allow Sumner County’s only hospital to continue to provide health care protection and treatment for the COVID-19 pandemic and increase telehealth services.
- Prairie Sunset Home Inc. will receive a $74,600 grant to be used to reimburse Prairie Sunset Home Inc., a qualified nursing home, for lost 2020 and 2021 revenue. The investment will also purchase supplies and equipment and improve information technology and telehealth capabilities to assist the facility in its ongoing fight against COVID-19. This facility provides services to residents of a very small community and parts of Reno County.
- Coffeyville Regional Medical Center Inc. will receive a $657,700 grant to be used for the purchase of medical equipment, medical vehicles and a pharmacy storage system to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and support the COVID-19 response. 19 from the hospital in rural southeast Kansas.
- Frankfurt Community Care Home will receive a grant of $69,600 to be used to reimburse lost income that occurred during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Sherman County Public Buildings Commission will receive a $83,100 grant to be used for the purchase of equipment to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and improve the quality of life of their residents. Purchase includes digital screening system, air filtration machines and ceiling lifts for Topside Manor, the only such facility in good ground.