Five hospitals serving the most impoverished counties in rural Mississippi have received a $700,000 federal grant to set up a secure interlinked network to connect their intensive-care units with critical-care experts at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.
Rural hospitals get tech grants
The grant to help the Delta Health Alliance set up the Delta Electronic Intensive Care Unit Network was one of several announced Friday by the USDA, which was tasked with doling out the awards to benefit underserved populations in the Delta region as part of the 2008 Farm Bill, according to a news release from the department.
Although the largest single grant, for $3 million, will to go building a new urgent-care center in Mound Bayou, Miss., most of the remaining funding was distributed to nine smaller programs that use technology to extend health services and education in six states.
In southern Illinois, the Connect SI Foundation is receiving $520,000 to establish the Southern Illinois Delta Regional Simulation and Learning Lab Project, which will use distance-learning technology to support health education programs at four local colleges and two high schools.
Other grants will fund projects to extend telemedicine services, mobile healthcare clinics and health-worked education programs to sparsely populated and impoverished communities in Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky and Louisiana, according to the release.
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