Four communities in rural Ohio will receive big investments – $3.4 million in total – from the American Rescue Plan (ARP) program, “Emergency Rural Health Care Grants.”
In a time when rural healthcare is facing layered crises – from reduced access to healthcare for individuals due to hospital consolidation and reductions in services, to lost revenue due to service cancelations during the COVID-19 pandemic, to workforce shortages, the funding infusion will fill critical gaps.
Awards are as follows:
- Mark Milford Hicksville Junction Township Hospital District: $368,720
- Walnut Hills Retirement Communities in Walnut Creek: $1 million
- West Liberty Care Center in West Liberty, Good Shepard Home in Fostoria, Brown Memorial Home in Circleville, and GentleBrook in Hartville: combined $1.8 million
- Center of Hope in Bladensburg: $299,108
Projects include purchase of a box truck for food pickups for a grocery and support services; revenue replacement from COVID closures; new frontline care equipment, raising baseline surge capacity and otherwise preparing for future pandemics.