4 local organizations will receive funding to improve health care in rural communities

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(WSAW) – Four central Wisconsin healthcare organizations will receive funding from the US Department of Agriculture to expand essential services to rural residents.

Rural Health Care Emergency Grants will help rural hospitals and health care providers implement telehealth and nutrition assistance programs, augment staff to administer COVID vaccines and testing -19, building or renovating facilities and purchasing medical supplies.

Grants can also help regional partnerships, public agencies, nonprofits, and tribes address regional rural health care issues and build a stronger, more sustainable rural health care system in response to the pandemic. Local recipients include:

  • Maison Bethanie Inc. in Waupaca County will use a $458,278 grant to recover lost 2020 revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds will be used to replenish funds lost due to increased expenses, including pandemic-related equipment and personnel costs, as well as declining admissions and capacity limits.
  • Community Action Council of Central Wisconsin Inc. in Adams County will use a $126,084 grant to expand the existing Adams County Food Pantry space located in Friendship. This project will include internal renovations to increase floor space and storage capacity from 850 to 2,100 square feet to meet the growing needs of the region due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Sector Shawano Matthew 25 Inc. in Shawano County will use a $69,300 grant to complete renovations to the Shawano Area Matthew 25 Inc. (SAM25) Community Clinic. This project will provide assistance with the rising cost of supplies, equipment, salaries and operating expenses. These funds are needed to keep this low-cost/free health clinic operational and to expand medical resources such as COVID-19 treatments, tests, and laboratory and pharmacy services.
  • Waushara County Food Pantry, Inc. will use a $198,000 grant to expand the pantry and improve the facility to meet increased demand for products and services caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Funds from this project will be used to cover increased costs and needs for additional refrigeration, increased food supply and new equipment, as well as staff and operating expenses.

Under the Biden-Harris administration, Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunity, create jobs and improve the quality of life for millions of Americans in rural areas. This aid supports the improvement of infrastructure; Business development; lodging; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed Internet access in rural, tribal and very poor areas.

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