Through the Rural Health Development Hospital Improvement Grant several eastern Montana facilities have banded together to provide support for each other on a regional basis. It is designed to provide additional funding for hospitals for capital purchases, quality improvements and for creating cost savings and operational efficiencies. The grant is meant to benefit smaller facilities in implementing improvements in their facilities on an annual basis.
The Hospital Improvement Grant has been established since 2009 and has distributed over $460,000 with participation from over 26 healthcare facilities. The participating facilities, on a voluntary basis, contribute funds to Rural Health Development, Inc. a 5013©. Once the funds are received, applications are reviewed by the grants committee, made up of rural hospital CEO’s and then funding is distributed.
This year Rosebud Health Care Center received a grant for $5995 for an on-site PACS Solution needed in our Radiology Department.
“The PACS will provide our Radiology Department the flexibility and expandability of convenient onsite storage for images. It will also help with efficiency, economy and security of the Cloud for instant access from anywhere while providing long term archiving. With telemedicine and off-site reading of results being utilized more and more, this will position us to be prepared for the future.”
Mindy Price, BSN-RN, CEO at Rosebud Health Care Center.
The funds are distributed to the region’s smaller critical access hospitals, but funding comes from all hospitals in the region including Billings Clinic and St Vincent’s Healthcare.