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Carroll County Memorial Hospital has received a $25,000 grant from the MoBroadbandNow initiative that will be used for telemedicine and conductivity.
“This was a major hurdle for the hospital’s advancement in bringing more services to the patients right here in Carrollton,” stated Shannon Jordan, COO of CCMH.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon announced that the grants would be awarded to 11 rural hospitals throughout Missouri.
“One of the very real benefits of improved broadband service in rural Missouri is in telemedicine - connecting Missourians and their physicians with specialists many miles away who can look at high-resolution images and receive other vital information on a real-time basis to help doctors treat those patients,” Gov. Nixon said. “Expanded broadband accessibility between healthcare providers will mean access to quicker and more specialized care that is often life-saving for patients.”
Carroll County Memorial Hospital, a 25-patient bed critical access hospital with three rural health clinics, will use its grant of up to $25,000 to help imrpove telemedicine services in geriatric, psychiatry and dermatology fields, as well as radiology imaging and patient record management. The hospital will provide $5,000 in matching funds for the project.
The grants, which come from a federal grant to the state of Missouri as part of its state broadband plan, will be distributed in seven installments between Dec. 1, 2012 and July 31, 2014.
Gov. Nixon launched the MoBroadbandNow initiative in 2009 to greatly expand broadband to reach more homes, businesses, schools, health care facilities, and public safety agencies. Missouri is now in the middle of seeing a total investment of more than $310 million to expand broadband throughout the state, through a combination of federal, state, local and private sector resources, including more than $192 million in competitive federal funding obtained by the state of Missouri and its private and local partners.
The ten other rural hospitals sharing the $262,000 grant are those in Ellington, El Dorado Springs, Marshall, Fredericktown, Albany, Hayti, Osceola, Milan and Potosi.