USDA Rural Development Announces $104,033 Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant to The Hospital Council of Western Pennsylvania
HARRISBURG, Feb. 4, 2011 – Thomas P. Williams, USDA Rural Development State Director, announced that the Hospital Council of Western Pennsylvania in Warrendale received a $104,033 grant award to establish a medical distance learning network. Funding will also be used for hub video-conferencing equipment to connect 15 rural hospitals and medical centers to the Hospital Council and two other sources of medical distance learning in Johnstown and Pittsburgh. Classes will include community health education and prevention classes as well as continuing medical education for medical professionals including Emergency Medical Service volunteers.
The Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Grant Program provides access to education, training and health care resources in rural areas. “This funding is critical to connecting rural hospitals in Western Pennsylvania to new technology and educational resources and will ultimately improve health care services for residents,” said Williams.
Funding is contingent upon the recipient meeting the conditions of the grant agreement.
USDA, through its national Rural Development mission area, administers and manages more than 40 housing, business and community infrastructure and facility programs. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America. Rural Development has an existing portfolio of nearly $142 billion in loans and loan guarantees.
For more information on programs offered by USDA Rural Development, contact the Pennsylvania State Office at (717) 237-2299 or visit its website at www.rurdev.usda.gov/pa.