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Rural Providers to Get New CT Scanners with Grant Funds

Nov 20, 2015 12:50PM ● By MED Magazine

Thirty seven rural healthcare providers across the upper Midwest will get new 32-slice or higher CT scanners thanks to a $14 million in grants from the Helmsley Charitable Trust.


The funding initiative was the result of a survey of Critical Access Hospitals in the Rural Healthcare Program’s seven-state funding region. According to the Trust, capital equipment, particularly CT scanners, was identified as a top capital need by many hospitals.


“Our goal is to ensure that people who live in rural America have access to quality healthcare as close to home as possible,” said Walter Panzirer, trustee of the Trust. “Rural hospitals need to be viable and they need to have up-to-date equipment so patients can receive essential healthcare services locally.”


 The new CT scanners will come just in time for some hospitals as a new Medicare policy on January 1 will reduce reimbursement for certain studies on CT scanners that do not meet radiation dose requirements. Critical Access Hospitals with a 16-slice or lower CT scanner were invited to apply for grant funding to purchase new CT scanners. More than a hundred hospitals applied.


Among the MED coverage area hospitals chosen to receive funds for new CT scanners are Sanford Chamberlain Medical Center in Chamberlain, SD, Community Memorial Hospital in Redfield, SD, and Avera Gettysburg Hospital in Gettysburg, SD.


Here is the full list of hospitals:


Minnesota (6)

Cook County North Shore Hospital and Care Center - Grand Marais, MN

Essentia Health=Fosston - Fosston, MN

Essentia Health-Holy Trinity Hospital - Graceville, MN

Hendricks Community Hospital Association and Retirement Home - Hendricks, MN

Sanford Tracy Medical Center - Tracy, MN

Sanford Westbrook Medical Center - Westbrook MN


Montana (4)

Roundup Memorial Hospital Association - Roundup, MT

Sheridan Memorial Hospital Association - Plentywood, MT

Beartooth Billins Clinic - Red Lodge, MT

Ruby Valley Hospital - Sheridan, MT


Nebraska (9)

Henderson Health Care Services, Inc. - Henderson, NE

Niobrara Valley Hospital Corporation - Lynch, NE

Avera Creighton Hospital - Creighton, NE

Community Medical Center, Inc. - Falls City, NE

Franklin County Memorial Hospital - Franklin, NE

Gordon Memorial Health Services - Gordon, NE

Johnson County Hospital Foundation - Tecumseh, NE

Litzenberg Memorial County Hospital - Central City, NE

Osmond General Hospital, Inc. - Osmond, NE


North Dakota (5)

Ashley Medical Center - Ashley, ND

Linton Hospital - Linton, ND

Jacobson Memorial Hospital Care Center - Elgin, ND

CHI Mercy Hospital - Devil’s Lake, ND

Southwest Healthcare Services - Bowman, ND


South Dakota (7)

Coteau des Prairies Health Care System - Sisseton, SD

Avera Gettysburg Hospital - Gettysburg, SD

Community Memorial Hospital - Redfield, SD

Avera Weskota Memorial Hospital - Wessington Spring, SD

Sanford Chamberlain Medical Center - Chamberlain, SD

Pioneer Memorial Hospital & Health Services, - Viborg, SD

Sanford Clean Lake Medical Center - Clear Lake, SD


Wyoming (3)

Star Valley Medical Center - Afton, WY

Crook County Medical Services District - Sundance, WY

Memorial Hospital of Carbon County - Rawlins, WY