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Avera gets $300K grant

SIOUX FALLS -- Through a federal grant awarded to Avera Health, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa and Nebraska are among 25 states to benefit from investments in rural telecommunications to expand access to education, create jobs and improve access to health care.

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Avera Health has received a $294,586 grant to purchase equipment and software to expand and improve its telemedicine network. Participating clinics and hospitals will receive equipment such as telephonic stethoscopes, LifePak15 Defibrillators, Sony Handicams, video laryngoscopes and Polycom videoconferencing units.

The grants through Avera will go to 27 sites that are described as "exceptionally rural," as well as five other sites described as mid-rural and rural.

Sites in South Dakota include Mitchell, Chamberlain, Flandreau, Freeman, Gettysburg, Gregory, Highmore, Madison, Yankton, Milbank, Miller, Fort Pierre, Parkston, Pierre, Platte, Sisseton, Kennebec and Bowdle.

-Source: Avera Health