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HHS ANNOUNCES DEMONSTRATION GRANTS TO ASSIST RURAL U.S. COMMUNITIES IN IMPROVING HEALTH CARE

 WASHINGTON, Nov. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Donna E. Shalala has announced FY 1993 demonstration grants totaling $24.6 million to assist 146 rural U.S. communities in improving health care. The awards, made under the Rural Health Outreach Program, are administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) Office of Rural Health Policy.
 The grants, which are normally awarded for three years, help rural communities implement innovative projects to correct severe shortages of health professionals and services.
 Shalala said: "Rural health outreach grant programs are important models for other rural communities as they show what can be accomplished when local institutions cooperate and pool resources. The bottom line is more and better health care for rural residents."
 Twenty-six new outreach projects totaling $4.5 million were funded in FY 1993, while the remainder of the awards went to second- and third- year grantees. Grants averaged $180,000.
 The program challenges rural clinics, hospitals, private practitioners, universities, public health departments and others to first pool their resources by forming consortia and then to demonstrate innovative strategies for overcoming the traditional rural problems of distance and scarcity.
 Past years' grants have been used by communities to provide health care in schools, develop referral and networking services for the isolated elderly and support prenatal/well child care for high-risk mothers.
 This year, two of the newly funded outreach projects will focus on the health care needs of migrant workers, while four others will bolster emergency medical services in rural counties.
 "Rural health outreach program grants are vital to the provision and expansion of health care to rural Americans. The grants encourage innovative solutions to difficult problems," said Assistant Secretary for Health Philip R. Lee M.D.
 HRSA is a Public Health Service agency within HHS.
 A list of all FY 1993 Rural Health Outreach Program grantees follows.
 FY 1993 NEW RURAL HEALTH OUTREACH GRANTEES
 Grantee Amount
 Southern Rural Health Care Consortium,
 Russelville, Ala. $ 89,900
 Hospice of Northwest Alabama, Winfield, Ala. 192,659
 Buckeye Elementary School District No. 33/MSSC,
 Buckeye, Ariz. 204,269
 Pinal County, Coolidge, Ariz. 76,808
 Delmarva Rural Ministries, Inc., Dover, Del. 192,031
 Long County Board of Health, Ludowici, Ga. 151,679
 Dept. of Public Health and Social Services, Mangilao, Guam 162,734
 Illinois Easter Seal Society, Quincy, Ill. 129,112
 Eastern School District of Green Co., Bloomfield, Ind. 125,008
 Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing, Hyden, Ky. 299,384
 Pioneer Vocational/Industrial Services, Inc., Danville, Ky. 202,718
 Southeast Louisiana Area Health Ed. Center, Hammon, La. 227,828
 Huron Memorial Hospital, Bad Axe, Mich. 120,193
 North Flight EMS, Traverse City, Mich. 296,140
 Nevada City Hospital, Nevada, Mo. 219,703
 Watauga Medial Center, Boone, N.C. 153,141
 St. Joseph's Hospital and Health Center, Dickerson, N.D. 140,300
 Walsh County, Grafton, N.D. 187,047
 Oakes Community Hospital, Oakes, N.D. 74,500
 Central Nevada Rural Health Consortium, Hawthorne, Nev. 125,713
 Great Plains Youth and Family Services, Hobart, Okla. 230,984
 Mid Columbia Medical Center, The Dalles, Ore. 236,677
 Family Health Center, Inc., Orangeburg, S.C. 172,310
 Maury County Government, Columbia, Tenn. 168,768
 Stony Creek Community Health Center, Stony Creek, Va. 168,804
 Tug River Health Association, Inc., Gary, W.Va. 128,251
 Total $4,476,661
 RURAL HEALTH OUTREACH GRANTEES -- PROJECT YEAR TWO
 Grantee Amount
 North Slope Borough Dept. of Health and Social Services,
 Barrow, Alaska $296,206
 Coconino County Department of Public Health,
 Flagstaff, Ariz. 140,742
 El Progreso del Desierto, Inc., Coachella, Calif. 16,313
 Clinica de Salud del Valle de Salinas, King City, Calif. 156,000
 Agricultural Worker's Health Centers, Inc.,
 San Andreas, Calif. 188,945
 Routt Memorial Hospital, Steamboat Springs, Colo. 70,000
 Immokalee Community Health Center, Immokalee, Fla. 268,469
 St. Joseph Healthcare Group Foundation, Port Charlotte, Fla. 291,015
 Hancock County Primary Health Care Center, Inc., Sparta, Ga. 24,960
 Des Moines Area Community College, Carroll, Iowa 37,719
 Monticello Health Resources, Inc., Monticello, Iowa 24,529
 Illinois Easter Seal Society, Quincy, Ill. 158,235
 Mayo Regional Hospital, Dover-Foxcroft, Maine 208,060
 Tuscola County Health Department, Caro, Mich. 184,866
 Easter Seal Society of Michigan, Upper Peninsula,
 Marquette, Mich. 84,724
 Keller Memorial Hospital, Fayette, Mo. 153,755
 Rural Health Group, Inc., Jackson, N.C. 104,150
 Madison County Health Department, Marshall, N.C. 53,653
 Town of Red River, Red River, N.M. 128,050
 State University of New York-Plattsburgh, Plattsburgh, N.Y. 193,769
 Osage County Nutrition Project, Pawhuska, Okla. 141,088
 Linn County Department of Health Services, Albany, Ore. 224,478
 Barnes-Kasson County Hospital, Susquehanna, Pa. 185,180
 Big Bend Regional Medical Center, Alpine, Texas 100,680
 Sea Mar Community Health Center, Mt. Vernon, Wash. 202,353
 Rural Wisconsin Hospital Cooperative, Sauk City, Wis. 94,586
 Chippewa Valley Hospital and Oakview Care Center,
 Durand, Wis. 182,060
 Ritchie County Board of Education, Harrisville, W.Va. 25,007
 Total $9,939,592
 RURAL HEALTH OUTREACH GRANTEES -- PROJECT YEAR THREE
 Grantees Amount
 Southeast Alaska Regional Health Corp., Sitka, Alaska $258,373
 Washington County Health Department, Chatom, Ala. 148,261
 Baptist Medical Center DeKalb, Fort Payne, Ala. 286,351
 St. Francis Area Development Center, Forrest City, Ark. 112,903
 Casa Grande Regional Medical Center, Casa Grande, Ariz. 248,996
 Mariposa Community Health Center, Inc., Nogales, Ariz. 258,186
 White Mountain Communities Hospital, Springerville, Ariz. 254,721
 County of Madera, Madera, Calif. 281,859
 San Benito Health Foundation, Hollister, Calif. 27,897
 Tuolumne County dba Tuolumne Gen. Hospital, Sonora, Calif. 22,663
 Redwood Coast Seniors, Inc., Fort Bragg, Calif. 250,681
 The Resource Center, Inc., Grand Junction, Colo. 138,603
 Putnam County Public Health Unit, Palatka, Fla. 243,601
 Grady General Hospital, Cairo, Ga. 296,616
 Dorminy Medical Center, Fitzgerald, Ga. 146,370
 Southwest Georgia Comm. Action Council, Moultrie, Ga. 200,000
 The Bay Clinic, Inc., Hilo, Hawaii 300,000
 Mahaska County Hospital, Oskaloosa, Iowa 234,863
 South Central District Health Dept., Twin Falls, Idaho 20,747
 Terry Reilly Health Services, Nampa, Idaho 290,000
 Kootenai Medical Center, Coeur D'Alene, Idaho 135,000
 The Douglas-Moultrie Rural Health Board, Tuscola, Ill. 249,972
 Farm Resource Center, Inc., Mound City, Ill. 249,858
 Comm. Mental Health Center, Ripley County, Osgood, Ind. 185,309
 Reno County Health Department, Hutchinson, Kan. 293,876
 Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Ky. 58,900
 Avoyelles Technical Institute, Cottonport, La. 2,895
 Franklin County Commission, Greenfield, Mass. 280,326
 McCready Foundation, Inc., Crisfield, Md. 202,500
 Maine Ambulatory Care Coalition, Manchester, Maine 260,038
 Kennebec Valley Regional Health Agency, Waterville, Maine 215,865
 Rural Health Partners, Inc., Blue Hill, Maine 136,963
 Thunder Bay Family Medical Clinic, Hillman, Mich. 56,805
 Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians,
 Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. 298,043
 Menominee County Comm. Mental Health Board,
 Menominee, Mich. 300,000
 Baldwin Family Health Care, Inc., Baldiwn, Mich. 58,284
 St. Joseph's Medical Center Home Care Department,
 Brainerd, Minn. 115,170
 Multi-County Nursing Service, Detroit Lakes, Minn. 300,000
 Ozarks Medical Center, West Plains, Mo. 290,068
 Southwest Health Agency for Rural People, Tylertown, Miss. 294,989
 City of Vicksburg, Vicksburg, Miss. -- (carryover from FY 1992)
 Critical Illness & Trauma Foundation, Big Timber, Mont. 297,673
 Migrant Benevolent Association, Inc., Newton Grove, N.C. 152,249
 Robeson Health Care Corporation, Pembroke, N.C. 174,174
 North Dakota Assn. of EMTs/ECTs, Cooperstown, N.D. 60,300
 Blue Valley Community Action, Inc., Fairbury, Neb. 59,317
 Panhandle Community Services, Gering, Neb. 285,181
 Trustees of Dartmouth College, Dartmouth Medical School,
 Hanover, N.H. 239,680
 Navajo Townsite Comm. Dev. Corp., Navajo, N.M. 275,000
 La Clinica del Pueblo de Rio Arriba Tierra, Amarilla, N.M. 30,958
 Nevada Home Health Services, Elko, Nev. 174,892
 Salamanca Hospital District Authority, Salamanca, N.Y. 39,254
 State University of New York, Alfred, N.Y. 170,788
 Comm. Act. Commission of Fayette Co.,
 Wash. Court House, Ohio 113,074
 Community & Rural Health Services, Fremont, Ohio 299,506
 Henry County/Napoleon City Combined General Health District,
 Napoleon, Ohio 200,117
 Southern Consortium for Children, Athens, Ohio 300,000
 Konowa Community Health Improvement Association,
 Konowa, Okla. 225,000
 La Clinica del Carino, Hood River, Ore. 100,378
 Columbia Co. Community Health, Inc., St. Helens, Ore. 125,306
 Tillamook County, Tillamook, Ore. 109,480
 Hlth. Care Coal. of Southern Oregon, Cave Junction, Ore. 126,545
 Eastern Oregon Human Services Consortium, La Grande, Ore. 171,762
 Northwest Pennsylvania Regional Planning & Development
 Commission, Franklin, Pa. 156,178
 Palau Community Action Agency, Koror, Palau 67,365
 Britton's Neck Health Care Association, Inc., Conway, S.C. 38,000
 Barnwell County Hospital, Barnwell, S.C. 33,415
 University of South Dakota School of Medicine,
 Vermillion, S.D. 59,436
 Lewis & Clark Hlth. Ed. & Svc. Agency, Yankton, S.D. 80,000
 Sacred Heart Hospital, Yankton, S.D. 60,000
 Isabel Community Clinic, Inc., Isabel, S.D. 166,000
 Oglala Sioux Tribe Head Start Program, Porcupine, S.D. 266,798
 Hancock County Medical Clinic, Sneedville, Tenn. 162,338
 South Plains Health Provider Organization, Inc.,
 Plainview, Texas 200,095
 South Plains Public Health District, Brownfield, Texas 110,495
 Duchesne County Hospital, Roosevelt, Utah 88,536
 San Juan Hospital, Monticello, Utah 128,000
 Blue Ridge Health Center, Inc., Arrington, Va. 88,457
 Eastern Shore Rural Hlth. Systems, Inc., Onancock, Va. 245,556
 St. Charles Health Council, Inc., St. Charles, Va. 300,000
 Saltville Health Center Commission, Saltville Medical Center,
 Saltville, Va. 221,489
 Virgin Islands Department of Health, Charlotte Amalie, V.I. 267,807
 Copley Hospital, Inc., Morrisville, Vt. 168,632
 Metaline Falls Community Hospital Association,
 Metaline Falls, Wash. 245,939
 Northern Health Centers, Inc., Lakewood, Wis. 52,400
 St. Mary's Hospital, Inc., Sparta, Wis. 273,392
 Tomah Memorial Hospital, Inc., Tomah, Wis. 90,137
 Center for Public Representation, Balsam Lake, Wis. 245,114
 Mercer Health Right, Inc., Bluefield, W.Va. 97,548
 Monongalia County Health Department, Morgantown, W.Va. 148,651
 Preston Memorial Hospital, Inc., Kingwood, W.Va. 217,127
 Sheridan County Public Health, Sheridan, Wyo. 210,000
 Total $16,226,091
 -0- 11/17/93
 /CONTACT: Patricia Campbell of the Public Health Service (HRSA), 301-443-3376/


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