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South Dakota rural hospitals getting federal funding

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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

$11,394

Canton – Sanford Canton-Inwood Medical Center

$11,199

Chamberlain – Sanford Chamberlain Medical Center

$12,586

Clear Lake, Sanford Clear Lake Medical Center

$11,400

Dell Rapids, Avera Dells Area Hospital

$6,325

DeSmet, Avera DeSmet Memorial Hospital

$6,331

Flandreau, Avera Flandreau Hospital

$7,825

Vermillion, Sanford Vermillion Medical Center

$11,400

Viborg, Pioneer Memorial Hospital

$11,400

Webster, Sanford Webster Medical Center

$11,331

Wessington Springs, Avera Weskota Memorial Hospital

$14,256

Winner – Winner Regional Healthcare Center

$11,400

Britton, Marshall County Hospital

$12,930

Philip, Philip Health Services

$13,135

Wagner, Wagner Community Memorial Hospital - Avera

$6,916

Faulkton, Faulkton Area Medical Center

$15,000

Martin, Bennett County Hospital

$15,000

Platte, Platte Health Center - Avera

$15,000

Redfield – Community Memorial Hospital

$15,000

Bowdle, Bowdle Hospital

$15,000

Hot Springs, Fall River Health Services

$15,000

Mobridge, Mobridge Regional Hospital

$13,200

Parkston, Avera St. Benedict Health Center

$15,000

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