Local hospitals receive grants

Local hospitals receive grants
Gov. Mike Rounds announced April 20 that he has awarded more than $1 million to hospitals, surgery centers and clinics across South Dakota for disaster preparedness efforts.

The grants will support isolation and decontamination equipment, pharmaceutical stockpiles, and local drills and exercises of existing preparedness plans.

Sioux Valley Vermillion Medical Center is recipient of a $13,600 grant. Pioneer Memorial Hospital in Viborg received funds totaling $7,400.

"These grants will help our local medical providers acquire needed resources to help our citizens during times of emergency," said Gov. Rounds. "Everything we do that involves homeland security must be done collaboratively with the state, local first responders, and local units of government."

The grants come to the state through the federal Health Resources and Services Administration hospital preparedness program and are intended to enhance the capability of health care facilities to respond to any disaster.

In addition to hospitals, this year's grant recipients include 23 rural clinics that are either geographically distant from a hospital or serve a distinct population.

Grant funds will be used to implement drills and exercises, provide in-house training, and purchase durable medical equipment needed to handle mass casualties in receiving areas and emergency rooms. This includes basic lifesaving equipment such as IV tubing and poles, blood pressure cuffs, stethoscopes, thermometers, slings and splints, cots/cribs, and backboards. The funding will help hospitals and clinics to enhance their on-hand stock of antibiotic and anti-viral medicines.

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