|September 24, 2002
GRANTS TO IMPROVE RURAL HEALTH CARE SERVICES
SPRINGFIELD, IL The Illinois Department of Public Health has awarded
$1.1 million to downstate hospitals and other health care providers to improve
access to health care services in rural areas of the state, Dr. John R.
Lumpkin, state public health director, today announced.
Dr. Lumpkin said $305,000 in new grants was provided to seven hospitals and
$871,950 to community-based primary care centers, rural hospitals and community
health centers to continue state support of 16 previously approved projects.
Funding for the grants comes from the state's general revenue fund.
"Access to health care is a critical issue throughout the state, but
nowhere more important than in rural areas," Dr. Lumpkin said. "These
grants will permit downstate health care providers to better serve citizens in
The funds, which are authorized by the Rural/Downstate Health Act, have been
providing financial assistance since 1993. A statewide committee made up
representatives from federally qualified health centers, a rural hospital,
local health departments, Southern Illinois University, University of Illinois,
Western Illinois University and Illinois Health Education Consortium, reviewed
18 grants applications before selecting those to be funded. The projects are
eligible to receive grants for up to six years.
Following are the new projects receiving grant funds:
- Gibson Area Hospital, Gibson City, $1,275 The hospital will
purchase a patient care mannequin and venipuncture training arm module to use
as skills enhancement teaching aids. This is a one-year grant.
- Illini Community Hospital, Pittsfield, $54,000 Funds will be
to used to renovate outpatient clinics for specialists; to replace mammography
equipment, microbiology system, echocardiogram, surgery table and fracture
table; and to upgrade oven, stove, freezers and dishwasher. This project will
receive funds for the next six years.
- Lawrence County Memorial Hospital, $27,000 The hospital will
purchase teleradiology equipment. This is a one-year grant.
- OSF St. James Hospital, Pontiac, $60,000 The hospital will
renovate and equip AdvertureCARE, a specialized children's health center that
provides assistive technology and works with children's mental health. This is
a one-year grant.
- Richland Memorial Hospital, Olney, $42,725 The hospital will
establish a mammography room. The funds will be used to purchase a mammography
unit, to renovate a room to house the equipment and to maintain the equipment
for three years.
- Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center, Mattoon, $60,000 The
center will create a regional behavioral health network over the next six
- Washington County Hospital, Nashville, $60,000 The grant
will be used to construct a 25-bed assisted living facility next to the
hospital. This is a three-year project.
Continuation grants were awarded to the following organizations:
|Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital, Lincoln
|Alivio Medical Center, Chicago
|Community Health Improvement Center, Decatur
|Community Health Partnership, Bureau, DeKalb, LaSalle, Lee and Ogle
|Community Medical Center, Monmouth
|Crusader's Central Clinic Association, Rockford
|Edgar County Health Department, Paris
|Hardin County General Hospital, Rosiclare
|Jefferson County Health Department, Mount Vernon
|Lawndale Christian Health Center, Chicago
|Macoupin County Health Department, Carlinville
|Northwest Illinois Adult Services, Lena
|Rural Health Inc., Anna
|Stephenson County Health Department, Freeport
|Touchette Regional Hospital, Centreville
|Vermilion Area Community Health Center, Danville
|Total Continuation Grants