USDA Rural Development Announces $157,300 Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant to Saint Vincent Health Center Foundation
HARRISBURG, Feb. 4, 2011 – Thomas P. Williams, USDA Rural Development State Director, announced that Saint Vincent Health Center Foundation received a $157,300 grant award to upgrade an expansion of an existing telemedicine system, extending services to three more hospitals associated with Saint Vincent. The project will upgrade the system’s central control equipment to build the capacity and interoperability needed to accommodate for the expansion.
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 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.