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Rural Hospitals Receive Technology Grants

Three Sanford facilities will receive a share of a South Dakota Department of Health grant for technology projects.

Three Sanford facilities will receive a share of a South Dakota Department of Health grant for technology projects. The grant funding comes to the department through the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program. South Dakota has awarded $3,370,303 to rural hospitals through the program over the last nine years.

“Technology is increasingly important in delivering healthcare in both urban and rural settings,” said Doneen Hollingsworth, Secretary of Health. “However, it can be challenging for rural hospitals with limited resources to keep up with these rapid changes. That’s why we’re pleased to provide these grants to help support technology projects in rural facilities.”

Sanford facilities receiving grants were:
• Canton: Sanford Hospital Canton-Inwood ($10,800) — to develop an electrocardiogram (EKG) system that links with its electronic medical record system.
• Chamberlain: Sanford Mid-Dakota Medical Center ($20,000) — to install a nurse call system that allows patients to communicate directly with staff.
• Webster: Sanford Hospital Webster ($10,800) – to develop an electrocardiogram (EKG) system that links with the electronic medical record system.

To be eligible, hospitals must have received a Medicare certification as a Critical Access Hospital.