WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, as well as Congressman John Delaney (all D-Md.), have announced a $100,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to the Garrett Regional Medical Center (GRMC). The grant will fund the purchase of a new telemedicine and telecommunications system that will allow the hospital’s healthcare providers to provide patients with real-time medical consultations from a distance. The telecommunications system will also give approximately 120 medical and hospital administrators greater access to licensing, training and certification programs, allowing them to improve their professional competencies.
“The Garrett Regional Medical Center is the leading health care provider in all of Garrett County, where the rural nature of their communities often makes it difficult for residents to travel to receive the care and consultations they need. This grant will allow the center to implement game-changing technology that addresses that challenge, increasing health care access for hundreds of Marylanders,” said Senator Cardin, who last year wrote to ARC Executive Director Scott Hamilton requesting full consideration of the grant proposal. “These funds are a great example of how federal resources can be used to help local communities. I’m proud of the work ARC is doing and will keep fighting to ensure they remain fully funded.”
“Whether Marylanders live in cities or small towns, their access to health care should be the same. This grant will provide crucial health services to residents of Garrett County and help the Medical Center better serve the patients of these communities,” said Senator Van Hollen, a member of the Budget and Appropriations Committees. “I was proud to support the Garrett County Regional Medical Center in their request for these funds, and I will continue fighting to expand access to health care across Maryland.”
“A person’s location should not determine the quality of their healthcare and innovation and technology are important tools we should embrace to close the gap,” said Congressman John Delaney. “This federal grant is great news for Garrett County and is another example of how smart public investments can benefit local communities. I have been consistently impressed by the men and women at the Garrett Regional Medical Center and the work they have done under the leadership of President Boucot and am hopeful that this grant will lead to a direct bottom line in terms of patient care.”
The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) is a regional economic development agency that represents a partnership of federal, state and local government. Its mission is to invest in projects that expand rural communities’ access to the services and economic development assistance they need to thrive.