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$10 Million Allotted for Rural Hospitals

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.

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