FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 8, 2011
SCHUMER ANNOUNCES ELIZABETHTOWN COMMUNITY HOSPITAL TO RECEIVE OVER $130,000 FEDERAL GRANT FOR TELEHEALTH SERVICES – INVESTMENT WILL LEAD TO STATE OF THE ART, HIGH-TECH HEALTH SERVICES ACROSS THE ADIRONDACKS
Funding Will Use Innovative, Virtual Technology to Provide Rural Access to Medical Specialists Based in Elizabethtown
Telehealth Services Will Benefit Patients In Essex and Clinton Counties
Schumer: This Investment Will Keep Rural Communities on the Frontlines of Quality Health Care
Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that the Elizabethtown Community Hospital has received a Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant for $134,931 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture - Rural Development. The grant will be used to improve telehealth options for six local clinics and hospitals across Adirondack communities.
"Efficiently supporting our rural communities with access to quality health services is pivotal for our community and our economy,” said Schumer. “Funding rural health will help enhance quality of life in our Adirondack Mountain communities and lead the way to economic development.”
Rural Development funds will be used at six sites around Elizabethtown, including community health centers and hospitals, one of those serving as the hub of this telemedicine network. The hub site will acquire a multi-point video bridge and firewall transversal, and the sites will be equipped with video conferencing units and peripheral devices for input, such as examination cameras, digital stethoscopes, and various other scoping devices. The end result being that residents throughout these Adirondack Mountain communities in and around Essex County will for the first time have local access to specialist physicians, particularly ENT physicians, dermatologists, and ophthalmologists. Elizabethtown will also extend its cardiac rehabilitation program through the video network.
The grant is part of the USDA Rural Development annual budget. USDA Rural Development’s mission is to increase economic opportunity and improve the quality of life for rural residents. Rural Development fosters growth in homeownership, finances business development, and supports the creation of necessary community and technology infrastructure.