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Governor announces $270,000 in rural hospital grants

: Wednesday, October 17, 2007
CONTACT: Tom Martinec, (605) 773-3364
Governor announces $270,000 in rural hospital grants
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Mike Rounds announced today that the state is awarding a total of $272,005 in grants to help 14 rural hospitals with a variety of technology projects such as electronic medical records and medication management systems.
Funding for the grants comes to the state through the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program. Over the past seven years, South Dakota has awarded $2,931,181 in grants to rural hospitals through the program.
To be eligible, hospitals must have received a Medicare certification as a Critical Access Hospital (CAH). Hospitals certified as CAHs receive a higher Medicare reimbursement rate and are eligible for grant funding for projects to enhance information systems and increase staff training and education. South Dakota currently has 38 critical access hospitals.
"In its recent report, the Zaniya task force recommended increased use of health information technology to promote quality and efficiency in health care. Rural hospitals are already doing that,” said Governor Rounds. “We’re pleased we can provide these grants to help them continue building their technology capabilities.”
Hospitals receiving grants in 2007 include:
·         Armour Douglas County Memorial Hospital ($25,000) – purchase, install and train staff on an electronic medical record system.
·         ChamberlainSanfordMid-DakotaMedicalCenter ($10,000) – create computerized virtual care training center to educate staff and improve direct patient care
·         ClearLakeSanford Deuel County Medical Center ($8,000) – create a comprehensive patient safety program to reduce patient falls.
·         Eureka Eureka Community Health Services ($15,000)improve and update a pharmacy medication management system.
·         FaulktonFaulkCountyMemorialHospital ($6,532) – train three medical providers to perform bedside emergency ultra-sound procedures on trauma patients.
·         Hot Springs– Fall River Health Services ($25,000) implement a computerized medication dispensing and verification system to reduce medication errors.
·         Madison– Madison Community Hospital ($25,000) – purchase, install and train staff on a wireless computer network for electronic clinical documentation and order management in patient care areas.
·         Miller – Hand County Memorial Health Center ($25,000) – as part of a larger information technology effort and conversion to an electronic system, purchase Meditech modules including medical records, laboratory, pathology, blood banking, pharmacy, imaging and therapeutic services, medication verification and emergency services
·         Mobridge – Mobridge Regional Hospital ($9,973) – develop and offer educational certification courses locally including critical care emergency transport; pre-hospital trauma life support; pediatrics pre hospital provider training; advanced life support in obstetrics; and fetal monitoring course; ($25,000) – implement an electronic “paper chart” for outpatient services.
·         Redfield – Community Memorial Hospital ($25,000) – purchase and operate health information systems addressing such clinical areas as eICU, pharmacy, laboratory, imaging, and bedside patient medication verification.
·         Vermillion – Sanford Health Vermillion Hospital ($7,500) – improve trauma services through staff education and purchase of supplies and equipment.
·         Wagner – Wagner Community Memorial Hospital ($25,000) – install computers and Meditech modules for laboratory, scheduling and patient referral, and quality management.
·         Wessington Springs – Avera Weskota Memorial Medical Center ($15,000) – upgrade emergency equipment and provide training to health care staff.
·         Winner – Winner Regional Healthcare Center ($25,000) – install a modern nurse call system with recording capabilities.