Hospital Received $655,000 in USDA Funding
Anamosa, Iowa – Sept. 15, 2022 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development State Director in Iowa Theresa Greenfield today highlighted how the Agency has invested $236,500 in improvements at the Jones Regional Medical Center (JRMC) through a grant from the Emergency Rural Health Care program. Four more hospital grants earlier this year were made from Community Facility Direct Loan and Grant program funding, including $140,000 for two ambulances, $218,000 for a CT scanner upgrade, $44,000 for a solar array, and $16,500 for a radio system upgrade.
The hospital held a stakeholder meeting to note the occasion.
“When we think about ways to improve the delivery of medical care in Iowa, we have to put outfitting and modernizing local hospitals with essential equipment at the top of that list,” said Director Greenfield. “The Biden-Harris Administration is making critical investments in rural healthcare infrastructure. These USDA-funded projects will make life better and safer in Jones County and in surrounding communities.”
In April, the hospital in Jones County received a $236,500 grant to help fund equipment needed to support the COVID-19 pandemic and higher-acuity patients. The equipment is designed to help prepare for a future pandemic event, increase medical surge capacity, increase access to quality health care services, and increase capacity for vaccine distribution, including cold storage, vehicle, transportation, and other equipment expenses.
“It’s been great to work with the leadership at JRMC,” Director Greenfield added. “They have a genuine passion for helping people with their healthcare needs. Their dedication makes their community and county in eastern Iowa a better place to live.”
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