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HHS ANNOUNCES GRANTS AWARDS

 WASHINGTON, Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Federal grants totaling $22.5 million have been awarded to 496 small rural hospitals in 44 states and Puerto Rico, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Donna E. Shalala announced today. These grants are to upgrade facilities and train professional staffs to improve the quality of care for Medicare beneficiaries and others served by these hospitals.
 New grants for fiscal year 1993, totaling about $8.5 million, will go to 179 hospitals, while $14 million will be for second and third-year grants to 317 hospitals. The grants, which were made under the Rural Health Care Transition Grants Program, are administered by the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA), the HHS agent?hat oversees the Medicare program.
 "Grants from this program, which is now in its fifth year, are helping to improve the quality and accessibility of health care available to our citizens living in the nation's rural areas," Shalala said.
 Hospitals can use the grants to support various kinds of innovative capital projects. These include expanded outpatient and emergency services and the conversion of inpatient facilities to alternative services. Funds are also available to train health-care professionals and to encourage physicians to practice in rural areas.
 HCFA Administrator Bruce C. Vladeck said: "These grants have helped rural hospitals meet important goals, including recruitment of needed health professionals, expansion into new treatment areas and development of better patient care through enhanced communication or transportation."
 The grants program awards up to $50,000 annually for as many as three years to non-profit, acute-care rural hospitals with fewer than 100 beds. Prior to this year's awards, the program had distributed more than $70 million to rural hospitals over the last four years.
 The program was developed in consultation with the HHS Office of Rural Health Policy, the American Hospital Association, the National Rural Health Association, the National Governors' Association and the National Association of Counties.
 A state-by-state list of the grant awards follows:
 NEW AND CONTINUING RURAL HEALTH CARE TRANSITION GRANT AWARDS
 FOR FISCAL YEAR 1993(A)
 Alabama $ 584,688
 Alaska 250,000
 Arizona 438,100
 Arkansas 392,454
 California 392,466
 Colorado 796,438
 Florida 250,000
 Georgia 250,000
 Idaho 349,278
 Illinois 491,750
 Indiana 150,000
 Iowa 1,573,645
 Kansas 733,189
 Kentucky 434,434
 Louisiana 300,000
 Maine 350,000
 Maryland 100,000
 Michigan 449,629
 Minnesota 1,546,976
 Mississippi 336,718
 Missouri 779,050
 Montana 624,445
 Nebraska 1,101,068
 Nevada 440,000
 New Hampshire 194,800
 New Mexico 563,299
 New York 288,676
 North Carolina 350,000
 North Dakota 911,052
 Ohio 100,000
 Oklahoma 540,007
 Oregon 300,000
 Pennsylvania 150,000
 South Carolina 150,000
 South Dakota 1,181,412
 Tennessee 449,525
 Texas 1,785,840
 Utah 149,919
 Vermont 99,500
 Virginia 242,877
 Washington 384,584
 West Virginia 399,500
 Wisconsin 798,837
 Wyoming 263,353
 Puerto Rico 50,000
 TOTAL $22,467,509
 (A) Eligible hospitals filed applications for new grants in fiscal year 1993 in all states except Hawaii, Massachusetts and Utah. Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey and Rhode Island have no eligible rural hospitals.
 -0- 10/1/93
 /CONTACT: Anne Verano of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 202-690-6145/


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