Valley Regional Hospital receives federal grant
The grant comes through the U.S. Department of Agriculture via the Community Facility Grant program, which assists rural town and organizations in the development of essential facilities.
"Like many small hospitals our capital budgets are small and keep getting slimmer so this funding was very welcome," Olsen said. "In this case it has supported the acquisition of a medical imaging device for the hospital."
The ultrasound equipment is used for the placement of catheters and other tubes and lines for other procedures such as blood draws in the two departments.
Valley Regional has a considerably high percentage, 60 percent, of Medicare, Medicaid and self-paying patients which makes funding capital project like this difficult, Olsen said.
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