Twenty-three rural hospitals in South Dakota will receive a total of $278,037 in federal funding for projects to improve patient access, reduce medication errors, reduce hospital readmissions, and improve operations.
The federal Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program funding comes through the South Dakota Department of Health. Over the last 12 years, rural hospitals in South Dakota have received more than $4,078,000 in direct awards through the program.
Hospitals must be Medicare-certified as critical access to be eligible for the funds. Critical access hospitals receive a higher Medicare reimbursement rate and are eligible for federal funding for improvement projects. There are currently 38 critical access hospitals in South Dakota.
The funding helps rural hospitals make direct, positive impacts on patient care and health outcomes, noted an official from the Platte Health Center – Avera, one of the facilities receiving funds. "Without the additional supplemental financial assistance we receive from this program, we would not have been able to implement the programs and processes we currently have in place," said Jody Sternberg, RN, and Director of Patient Care Services at Platte. "This program makes a difference for critical access hospitals."
Sustaining essential healthcare services in rural and undeserved areas is a key objective of the Department of Health's 2020 Initiative.
Hospitals receiving Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program direct awards are listed below.
HOSPITALS RECEIVING DIRECT AWARDS THROUGH THE MEDICARE RURAL HOSPITAL FLEXIBILITY PROGRAM
Burke – Community Memorial Hospital
Canton – Sanford Canton-Inwood Medical Center
Chamberlain – Sanford Chamberlain Medical Center
Clear Lake, Sanford Clear Lake Medical Center
Dell Rapids, Avera Dells Area Hospital
DeSmet, Avera DeSmet Memorial Hospital
Flandreau, Avera Flandreau Hospital
Vermillion, Sanford Vermillion Medical Center
Viborg, Pioneer Memorial Hospital
Webster, Sanford Webster Medical Center
Wessington Springs, Avera Weskota Memorial Hospital
Winner – Winner Regional Healthcare Center
Britton, Marshall County Hospital
Philip, Philip Health Services
Wagner, Wagner Community Memorial Hospital - Avera
Tuesday, December 10 2013 11:34 PM EST2013-12-11 04:34:24 GMT
For people who spend time outdoors, hypothermia is a very real threat. Symptoms include shivering, confusion and slurred speech. It can take just minutes for these symptoms to appear leading to damageMore >>
Tuesday evening, KSFY News Reporter Tess Hedrick learned that lesson firsthand as she spent three hours in a cold car.More >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 11:31 PM EST2013-12-11 04:31:23 GMT
Fighting back against cancer is no easy task but for some cancer patients, the cost of getting healthy can be an even harder burden to bear. That's where the Yankton community has stepped in. This smallMore >>
Fighting back against cancer is no easy task but for some cancer patients, the cost of getting healthy can be an even harder burden to bear. That's where the Yankton community has stepped in. This small town by the river has shown that the kindness of strangers is bringing hope and healing.More >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 11:26 PM EST2013-12-11 04:26:18 GMT
For the second time this year, voters in the Tea area have shot down a bond aimed at absorbing the city's skyrocketing student population. The $10.5 million bond would have paid for an addition to theMore >>
Superintendent Jennifer Lowery tells KSFY News 58.89% of voters said yes to the bond, but they needed 60% for it to pass. That's just 14 votes short.More >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 7:39 PM EST2013-12-11 00:39:15 GMT
Aris Nance owns the non profit, Sheo. which is an acronym. "Someone helps everyone and together we can all help each other." Nance explained. The organization aims to help the homeless right here inMore >>
Aris Nance owns the non profit, Sheo, which is an acronym. "Someone helps everyone and together we can all help each other." Nance explained. The organization aims to help the homeless right here in South Dakota.More >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 6:27 PM EST2013-12-10 23:27:37 GMT
After decades of service to South Dakota, a Sioux Falls highway patrol captain announced plans to retire. Captain Kevin Joffer started his career in Viborg, beginning his police work in July 1979. In AprilMore >>
After decades of service to South Dakota, a Sioux Falls highway patrol captain announced plans to retire.More >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 5:02 PM EST2013-12-10 22:02:54 GMT
AP -- A Texas woman and former actress pleaded guilty Tuesday to sending ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, under a deal that her attorney has said wouldMore >>
A Texas woman and former actress pleaded guilty Tuesday to sending ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.More >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 4:31 PM EST2013-12-10 21:31:13 GMT
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is forecasting a 14 percent drop in dry edible bean production in South Dakota for 2013. The South Dakota office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service isMore >>
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is forecasting a 14 percent drop in dry edible bean production in South Dakota for 2013.More >>