LANSING, Mich. (WJMN) – A grant from the Health Resources and Service Administration for $13 million will be divided between 51 small, rural hospitals in Michigan to support COVID-19 testing and mitigation efforts.
According to a release from Governor Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), rural hospitals with less than 50 staff will be able to use the funds for testing equipment, personnel, temporary structures or education. Mitigation strategies must be part of the CDC community mitigation framework, including education, contact tracing, communication and outreach. Each hospital will receive about $257,000, which must be used within 18 months of receipt.
The Michigan Center for Rural Health, which serves as the Michigan State Office of Rural Health, will distribute the funding to the hospitals.
“As the State Office of Rural Health, MCRH is dedicated to improving the health of rural Michigan residents and we are pleased to be able to distribute this funding to Michigan’s rural hospitals,” said John Barnas, MCRH executive director. “Rural hospitals have long been the cornerstone of rural communities and have been vital and steadfast in their response to COVID-19. This funding will benefit the communities greatly, allowing the hospitals to continue their diligent work in the battle against COVID-19 by increasing testing capacity and implementing mitigation strategies to reduce the effects of COVID-19.”
Hospitals receiving funding are:
|Ascension Allegan||MidMichigan Medical Center Gladwin|
|Ascension Borgess-Lee Hospital||MidMichigan Medical Center Gratiot|
|Ascension Standish||MidMichigan Medical Center West Branch|
|Ascension St. Joseph||Munising Memorial Hospital|
|Aspirus Iron River Hospital & Clinics, Inc||Munson Healthcare Cadillac Hospital|
|Aspirus Ironwood Hospital||Munson Healthcare Charlevoix Hospital|
|Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital||Munson Healthcare Grayling|
|Aspirus Ontonagon Hospital||Munson Healthcare Manistee Hospital|
|Baraga County Memorial Hospital||OSF St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group|
|Bronson Lakeview Hospital||Munson Healthcare Otsego Memorial Hospital|
|Bronson South Haven Hospital||Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital|
|Deckerville Hospital||Portage Hospital, LLC|
|Dickinson County Healthcare System||Promedica Coldwater Regional Hospital|
|Eaton Rapids Medical Center||Promedica Charles and Virginia Hickman Hospital (Bixby)|
|Harbor Beach Community Hospital||Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital|
|Helen Newberry Joy Hospital||Sheridan Community Hospital|
|Hillsdale Hospital||Scheurer Hospital|
|Hills & Dales General Hospital||Sparrow Carson Hospital|
|Kalkaska Memorial Health Center||Sparrow Clinton Hospital|
|Mackinac Straits Health System||Sparrow Eaton Hospital|
|Marlette Regional Hospital||Sparrow Ionia Hospital|
|McKenzie Health System||Sturgis Hospital|
|McLaren Caro Community Hospital||Three Rivers Health|
|McLaren Central Michigan||UP Health System-Bell|
|McLaren Thumb Region||War Memorial Hospital|
|MidMichigan Medical Center Clare|
War Memorial Hospital in Sault Ste. Marie which is included in the above list, sent us the following response.
“War Memorial Hospital is grateful for the additional funding. Our plan, at this time, is to utilize the funds for purchasing additional testing resources and to help support the additional staff needed to run these tests.”WMH President & CEO, David Jahn