Magnolia Regional Medical Center and other facilities in the area will benefit from a $136,400 grade to the Arkansas Rural Health Partnership (ARHP) from the Blue & You Foundation for a Healthier Arkansas.
The grant allowed ARHP to purchase telehealth equipment for member hospitals throughout south Arkansas.
Access to quality care via telehealth is deemed as crucial to COVID-19 patients.
A substantial number of iPads and mobile carts were purchased and will be distributed to MRMC and other facilities including Ashley County Medical Center, Baptist Health- Stuttgart, Bradley County Medical Center, Chicot Memorial Medical Center, Dallas County Medical Center, Delta Memorial Hospital, DeWitt Hospital and Nursing Home, Drew Memorial Health System, Helena Regional Medical Center, Jefferson Regional Medical Center, McGehee Hospital, Medical Center of South Arkansas, and Ouachita County Medical Center.
“We all recognize the need to be prepared to care for critically ill COVID-19 patients in rural Arkansas, especially if the larger Arkansas hospitals reach capacity,” said Mellie Bridewell, CEO of ARHP. “Hospitals in the state's rural areas can play a key role in responding to the pandemic in Arkansas, but most are struggling under financial pressures and limited resources including supplies and equipment.”