19 SD hospitals get grants
PIERRE — Nineteen rural hospitals in South Dakota will receive a total of $227,409 in federal funding for projects to improve patient safety and access, reduce medication errors, reduce hospital readmissions and improve operations.
In the Mitchell area, the hospitals include Burke Community Memorial Hospital, $8,900; Sanford Chamberlain Medical Center, $13,540; Avera Gregory Hospital, $5,009; Platte Health Center/Avera, $11,500; and Winner Regional Hospital, $15,000.
The federal Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program funding comes through the South Dakota Department of Health. Over the last 13 years, rural hospitals in South Dakota have received more than $4.356 million in direct awards through the program.
Hospitals must be Medicare-certified as critical access to be eligible for the funds. Critical access hospitals receive a higher Medicare reimbursement rate and are eligible for federal funding for improvement projects. There are 38 critical access hospitals in South Dakota.
— Source: S. D. Department of Health