For many rural
residents, MidMichigan Visiting Nurses Association is a lifeline to
outside help and vital health care, said DeRossett. USDA Rural
Development is pleased to help them provide this essential service and
improve the quality of life for rural residents.
The grant is part of
more than $1.3 million in grants provided by the agency in 2006. The
money will help MidMichigan VNA provide additional monitoring capability
for its technicians, allowing them to keep better track of homebound
rural residents. The funds will also purchase upgraded computers,
laptops and personal digital assistance, further helping provide health
care professionals with up-to-date patient information.
provides home health care and hospice serve to residents in Arenac,
Clare, Gladwin, Isabella, Midland, Ogemaw, Roscommon and portions of Bay
and Saginaw counties.
Development's mission is to deliver programs in a way that will support
increasing economic opportunity and improve the quality of life of rural
residents. As a venture capital entity, Rural Development provides
equity, liquidity, and technical assistance to finance and foster growth
in homeownership, business development, and critical community and
technology infrastructure. Further information on rural programs is
available at a local USDA Rural Development office or by visiting USDA's
web site at
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USDA Rural Development Director for Michigan Gene DeRossett (center
right) presents a ceremonial grant check for $412,722 to MidMichigan
Visiting Nurse Association President Christine Chesny. DeRossett is
joined by Don Couzens (left) of the USDA Rural Utilities Service and
Dusty Houser (right) from the staff of U.S. Sen. Carl Levin.