(NASHVILLE), May 15, 2020 — State Senator John Stevens today announced that three area hospitals are set to receive Rural Hospital Readiness Grants. The grants are made possible by a COVID-19 response appropriation added to the state’s budget. The grant amounts are as follows:
- Henry County Medical Center: $500,000
- Baptist Memorial Hosptial – Union City: $136,545
- Baptist Memorial Hospital – Carroll County: $250,000
Stevens is Chairman of the Senate Finance, Ways and Means’ Committee’s Appropriations Subcommittee.
“COVID-19 has added to the challenges rural health care providers face,” said Sen. Stevens. “I am very pleased that this budget appropriation is providing aid to this hospital as they continue serving patients. I also appreciate Governor Lee and our state officials for their role in awarding these funds.”
The COVID-19 response appropriation provided $10 million in Small and Rural Hospital Readiness Grants that are going to support hospitals facing financial strain due to effects of the virus. The funds, capped at $500,000 per hospital, are distributed by the Tennessee Department of Finance & Administration.
“Our health professionals and hospitals across Tennessee have done an amazing job during these unprecedented times,” Stevens added. “They are a lifeline to many local citizens and we appreciate their continued dedication to the health of those in our communities.”