Twenty-seven rural hospitals across the state will receive $10 million worth of financial assistance to provide more services for more patients during the coronavirus pandemic, Governor Asa Hutchinson announced Saturday.
Each of the selected hospitals will receive from $250,000 to $500,000 from the $10 million slice that’s normally used for community revitalization projects.
The money will come from the Community Development Block Grant program, and will give hospitals a boost at a time when they’ve been strained at unprecedented levels.
Arkansas Secretary of Commerce Mike Preston told Pulse Multimedia Sunday that Mena Regional Health System will receive a $500,000 grant.
The 65 bed facility in Mena has 265 full-time equivalent employees.
The grants will be used to bolster health care capabilities in rural areas of the state.