UP hospitals among those splitting $13M grant

13 Upper Peninsula hospitals are among 51 statewide to split the funds. Each hospital will receive about $257,000.
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Published: Aug. 26, 2021 at 11:15 AM EDT
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LANSING, Mich. (WLUC) - Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) secured a $13 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration for 51 small, rural hospitals in Michigan to support COVID-19 testing and mitigation.

“Our top priority is supporting the brave professionals on the frontlines of our health care industry in every corner of our state to ensure that they have what they need to protect themselves, their family, and their neighbors,” said Governor Whitmer. “This funding will help rural hospitals continue serving their communities by expanding their COVID-19 testing capacity and mitigation efforts. I want to thank the nurses, doctors, and all medical professionals who continue to go above and beyond to keep people safe each and every day.”

“The state’s rural hospitals have saved countless lives throughout the pandemic,” said Elizabeth Hertel, MDHHS director. “We are pleased they will be able to use this funding to further help in the fight against COVID-19 as we all work together to end the pandemic.”

Rural hospitals with less than 50 staff will be able to use the funds for testing equipment, personnel, temporary structures or education. Mitigation strategies must be part of the CDC community mitigation framework, including education, contact tracing, communication and outreach. Each hospital will receive about $257,000, which must be used within 18 months of receipt.

The Michigan Center for Rural Health, which serves as the Michigan State Office of Rural Health, will distribute the funding to the hospitals.

“As the State Office of Rural Health, MCRH is dedicated to improving the health of rural Michigan residents and we are pleased to be able to distribute this funding to Michigan’s rural hospitals,” said John Barnas, MCRH executive director. “Rural hospitals have long been the cornerstone of rural communities and have been vital and steadfast in their response to COVID-19.  This funding will benefit the communities greatly, allowing the hospitals to continue their diligent work in the battle against COVID-19 by increasing testing capacity and implementing mitigation strategies to reduce the effects of COVID-19.”

Hospitals receiving funding include:

  • Ascension Allegan
  • Ascension Borgess-Lee Hospital
  • Ascension Standish
  • Ascension St. Joseph
  • Aspirus Iron River Hospital & Clinics, Inc.
  • Aspirus Ironwood Hospital
  • Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital (Laurium)
  • Aspirus Ontonagon Hospital
  • Baraga County Memorial Hospital (L’Anse)
  • Bronson Lakeview Hospital
  • Bronson South Haven Hospital
  • Deckerville Hospital
  • Dickinson County Healthcare System (Iron Mountain)
  • Eaton Rapids Medical Center
  • Harbor Beach Community Hospital
  • Helen Newberry Joy Hospital
  • Hillsdale Hospital
  • Hills & Dales General Hospital
  • Kalkaska Memorial Health Center
  • Mackinac Straits Health System (St. Ignace)
  • Marlette Regional Hospital
  • McKenzie Health System
  • McLaren Caro Community Hospital
  • McLaren Central Michigan
  • McLaren Thumb Region
  • MidMichigan Medical Center Clare
  • MidMichigan Medical Center Gladwin
  • MidMichigan Medical Center Gratiot
  • MidMichigan Medical Center West Branch
  • Munising Memorial Hospital
  • Munson Healthcare Cadillac Hospital
  • Munson Healthcare Charlevoix Hospital
  • Munson Healthcare Grayling
  • Munson Healthcare Manistee Hospital
  • Munson Healthcare Otsego Memorial Hospital
  • OSF St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group (Escanaba)
  • Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital
  • Portage Hospital, LLC
  • Promedica Coldwater Regional Hospital
  • Promedica Charles and Virginia Hickman Hospital (Bixby)
  • Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital (Manistique)
  • Sheridan Community Hospital
  • Scheurer Hospital
  • Sparrow Carson Hospital
  • Sparrow Clinton Hospital
  • Sparrow Eaton Hospital
  • Sparrow Ionia Hospital
  • Sturgis Hospital
  • Three Rivers Health
  • UP Health System-Bell (Ishpeming)
  • War Memorial Hospital (Sault Ste. Marie)

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