U.S. Senator Kit Bond presented more than $400,000 in funds to Texas County Memorial Hospital during a Monday morning ceremony.
Community leaders and representatives from U.S. Department of Agricultural Rural Development were present as TCMH received $85,500 in grant money and more than $350,000 in loans. The monies will enable TCMH to purchase the second phase in a state-of-the-art system called E-Care, which delivers electronic medical records to all of TCMH’s clinics.
TCMH is the only hospital in Missouri and one of seven nationwide to receive funds.
“It is important that we invest in our infrastructure that supports our ability to provide for our families and meet the needs of the community,” Bond said. “Today’s announcement highlights how important it is to enhance the quality of rural health care available to Missourians.”
E-Care allows authorized healthcare professionals to easily access electronic medical records, review the profile of a patient and make a diagnosis in a confident manner. E-Care will save patients time and money by increasing the number of residents receiving recommended health screenings and enhancing the safety and quality of health care.
Bond emphasized that the project and others like it provide another way to help close the healthcare gap between urban areas and will hopefully help entice more doctors to practice in rural Missouri.
“For a rural area where technological advances seem to arrive slowly,” TCMH CEO Wes Murray said, “this funding will vault us away ahead of the average American hospital.”