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State Awards $227,000 To 19 Rural Hospitals

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South Dakota rural hospitals
South Dakota rural hospitals

PIERRE, S.D.(KELO-AM)  – 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.

 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 $4,356,000 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 currently 38 critical access hospitals in South Dakota.

 “This funding helps rural hospitals make direct, positive impacts on patient care and health outcomes,” said Doneen Hollingsworth, Secretary of Health. “It’s an important tool for critical access hospitals working so hard to maintain essential health care services in our rural areas.”

 Hollingsworth noted that sustaining essential healthcare services in rural and underserved areas is a key objective of the department’s 2020 initiative.

 Hospitals receiving Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program direct awards are listed below.

 

HOSPITALS RECEIVING DIRECT AWARDS THROUGH THE MEDICARE RURAL HOSPITAL FLEXIBILITY PROGRAM

Burke, Community Memorial Hospital

$8,900

Chamberlain, Sanford Chamberlain Medical Center

$13,540

Clear Lake, Sanford Clear Lake Medical Center

$5,329

Custer, Custer Regional Hospital (joint with Lead-Deadwood Regional Hospital and Sturgis Regional Hospital)

$15,000

Eureka, Community Hospital

$8,000

Flandreau, Avera Flandreau Hospital (joint with MilbankArea Hospital/Avera Health, Avera Hand County Memorial Hospital in Miller, and Avera Dells Area Hospital in Dell Rapids)

$12,000

Gregory, Avera Gregory Hospital

$5,009

Hot Springs, Fall River Health Services

$9,950

Huron, Huron Regional Medical Center

$15,000

Lead-Deadwood, Lead-Deadwood Regional Hospital

$14,500

Madison, Madison Community Hospital

$15,000

Mobridge, Mobridge Regional Hospital

$15,000

Philip, Philip Health Services

$15,000

Platte, Platte Health Center/Avera

$11,500

Sisseton, Coteau des Prairies Hospital

$14,125

Vermillion, Sanford Vermillion Medical Center

$14,646

Viborg, Pioneer Memorial Hospital

$5,000

Webster, Sanford Webster Medical Center

$14,910

Winner, Winner Regional Hospital

$15,000

 

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