GRAFTON, W.Va. – Rural hospitals are being awarded money from the American Rescue Plan.
Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) announced that $5,425,896 will go to 21 different rural hospitals in West Virginia. One of those hospitals is the Grafton City Hospital.
Officials at the hospital said the money will go towards buying more PPE, clear face shields, equipment for employees, and more. The hospital will also be getting a robot that will be able to clean the rooms that covid patients were in to minimize exposure to staff.
Chief Administrative Officer, Goerge Boyles said they are grateful for all the loans they’ve received as a small critical access hospital during the pandemic.
“We think the best thing to do is to have people stay in their community and get the health care that they need,” Boyles said. “Sometimes a trip even to Morgantown or to Clarksburg is a lot on an elderly patient to go and go out of their communities. So, this will allow a lot more folks to stay in the community and get the care that they need, locally.”
The awards are distributed through the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program (SHIP) and will be used for COVID-19 testing and mitigation efforts.
“Our rural hospitals continue to be on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, working tirelessly to provide quality care to West Virginians while operating on shoestring budgets. The American Rescue Plan continues to deliver critical relief to West Virginia, and this funding for 21 rural hospitals across the state will help curb the spread of the virus. We know widespread testing is vital to ending this pandemic, and this funding from the American Rescue Plan will support testing and mitigation efforts for rural communities across the Mountain State,” said Senator Manchin (D-W.Va.).
Each hospital will receive $258,376.