Georgia rural hospitals to receive over $13 million for COVID relief
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) — As of July 13, the Biden Administration has made the decision to send $13,435,552 to Georgia as part of the effort to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is providing this support through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to improve the conditions of rural healthcare as they face many quality and operational issues.
The funding will be going through the Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program (SHIP) to 52 small rural hospitals in Georgia for COVID-19 testing and mitigation.
HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra had this to say in the News Release:
“The Biden Administration recognizes the important role that small rural hospitals have in closing the equity gap and ensuring that rural Americans can protect themselves and their communities from COVID-19,”
The hospitals receiving the funding are those with fewer than 50 beds and Critical Access Hospitals, which are important access points for healthcare as well as trusted community resources.