U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that St. Joseph Hospital in Polson will receive $99,023 to address healthcare needs in rural areas.
The grant will be used by St. Joseph Hospital to engage a network of hospitals serving rural communities through development of a Western Montana Rural Nursing Collaborative (WMRNC). WMRNC provides a unique partnership of hospitals that seek to expand, enhance and improve access to services in rural communities and allow patients to receive high-quality care closer to home.
“This is a collaborative project and a made-in-Montana solution that supports our nurses, helps lower healthcare costs and maintains high-quality care for Montanans in rural communities across the Flathead,”Daines stated.
The WMRNC will allow for increased education, training and telemedicine opportunities at rural sites across the hospital’s western Montana and eastern Idaho service region. The grant was awarded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Rural Health Network Development Planning Grant Program.
In January, Daines sent a letter to the Health Resources and Services Administration in support of the St. Joseph Hospital grant application.