Last week, Governor Bill Lee announced the final distribution of $10 million in Small and Rural Hospital Readiness Grants to support smaller hospitals that are facing financial strain due to the ongoing response to COVID-19. Wayne Medical Center will be the recipient of a grant in the amount of $500,000.00, the maximum awarded. This grant follows a previous Rural Hospital Readiness Grant awarded to Wayne Medical Center earlier this month in the amount of $190,820.00.
“Our small and rural hospitals play a critical role in their communities, providing both necessary care to patients and good-paying jobs to residents, and we’re proud to support these hospitals through such unprecedented times,” said Governor Lee. “We’ll continue to work with hospitals across our state and the federal government to ensure hospitals have the resources they need to maintain operations and serve their communities well.”
“I personally want to thank Wayne Medical Center and their staff for the great work they are doing as they serve on the frontline of this pandemic,” said State Representative David Byrd. “They are certainly deserving of this additional funding to help in the fight against COVID-19 in our community.”
Spread across 29 hospitals in 28 counties, the grants help smaller hospitals bridge funding gaps created by reduced patient volumes while federal funds become available. Applicants were required to demonstrate that they are actively pursuing available federal relief.