Area hospitals earn grants for projectsFifteen rural hospitals in South Dakota will receive a total of $201,880 in grants for projects ranging from medication error reduction to telehealth.
By: News release, SD Department of Health
Fifteen rural hospitals in South Dakota will receive a total of $201,880 in grants for projects ranging from medication error reduction to telehealth.
These area hospitals received funds:
Platte Health Center Avera, $14,367, and Wagner Community Memorial Hospital, $22,000, for patient safety; Community Memorial Hospital, Burke, $5,401, and Avera St. Benedict Health Center, Parkston, $9,675, for clinical health information technology.
The grant funding comes from the federal Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility 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 such projects as enhanced information systems.
South Dakota currently has 38 critical access hospitals.