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Gov. Whitmer Secures $13 Million Grant for Rural Hospitals in Michigan


August 26, 2021  



Gov. Whitmer Secures $13 Million Grant for Rural Hospitals in Michigan


LANSING, Mich. - 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  

MidMichigan Medical Center Gladwin 

Ascension Borgess-Lee Hospital 

MidMichigan Medical Center Gratiot 

Ascension Standish 

MidMichigan Medical Center West Branch 

Ascension St. Joseph 

Munising Memorial Hospital 

Aspirus Iron River Hospital & Clinics, Inc 

Munson Healthcare Cadillac Hospital 

Aspirus Ironwood Hospital  

Munson Healthcare Charlevoix Hospital  

Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital  

Munson Healthcare Grayling 

Aspirus Ontonagon Hospital  

Munson Healthcare Manistee Hospital 

Baraga County Memorial Hospital  

OSF St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group 

Bronson Lakeview Hospital  

Munson Healthcare Otsego Memorial Hospital 

Bronson South Haven Hospital 

Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital  

Deckerville Hospital 

Portage Hospital, LLC 

Dickinson County Healthcare System 

Promedica Coldwater Regional Hospital 

Eaton Rapids Medical Center 

Promedica Charles and Virginia Hickman Hospital (Bixby) 

Harbor Beach Community Hospital 

Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital  

Helen Newberry Joy Hospital 

Sheridan Community Hospital  

Hillsdale Hospital 

Scheurer Hospital  

Hills & Dales General Hospital  

Sparrow Carson Hospital  

Kalkaska Memorial Health Center 

Sparrow Clinton Hospital  

Mackinac Straits Health System  

Sparrow Eaton Hospital 

Marlette Regional Hospital 

Sparrow Ionia Hospital 

McKenzie Health System 

Sturgis Hospital 

McLaren Caro Community Hospital  

Three Rivers Health 

McLaren Central Michigan 

UP Health System-Bell 

McLaren Thumb Region 

War Memorial Hospital 

MidMichigan Medical Center Clare 



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