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UMMC, Oxford Baptist Memorial Receive Funds for Rural Health Care Projects

Published on Tuesday, August 25, 2020

U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith announced Friday that Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi and the University of Mississippi Medical Center will receive just over $1 million for rural health care projects.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services approved the grants as part of its mission to increase access to quality care in rural communities.

“These grants will allow immediate- and more long-term work to expand rural access to care in Mississippi,” Hyde-Smith said. “UMMC is receiving funding to use its telehealth system to improve rural tele-emergency services, which will help during the ongoing pandemic. Baptist Memorial will use its funding to continue developing a rural residency program, which will help bring needed doctors to serve rural regions.”

Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford received a $749,000 Rural Residency Planning and Development Program grant. This program is intended to strengthen health care workforce development through sustainable rural residency programs in family medicine, internal medicine and psychiatry.

In late July, Hyde-Smith pushed HHS to release approximately $100 million from the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund to support rural hospitals that train physicians, and to commit to maintaining training programs for at least three years.

A $300,000 Telehealth Network Grant Program award to UMMC will support its work to increase access to rural tele-emergency services through emergency care consults from health care providers via telehealth. UMMC’s telehealth services have increased dramatically because of COVID-19.