Johnson County Community Hospital gets $500,000 COVID-19 grant

John Thompson • Updated May 14, 2020 at 10:20 PM

MOUNTAIN CITY — Johnson County Community Hospital was recently awarded $500,000 to assist the hospital during the current viral outbreak. The grant is from the Small and Rural Hospital Readiness Grant program.

The award was announced Thursday by House Commerce Committee Chairman Timothy Hill, who represents Johnson County in the General Assembly.

Established in partnership with the Department of Economic and Community Development and the Department of Finance and Administration, the Rural Hospital Readiness Grant program is designed to support small and rural facilities during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

All funds are capped at $500,000 per hospital; they provide temporary resources for facilities facing a financial strain related to patient declines because of the COVID-19 pandemic and while federal funds are still being processed and allocated to health facilities.

“This critical funding will enable our hospital to continue to effectively serve our community during these extraordinary times,” Hill said. “I appreciate these resources from the state because they will increase support for our health care heroes on the frontline serving our citizens. I will never stop fighting for additional resources to support them or the citizens of Northeast Tennessee.”

Tennessee is allocating $10 million in state funding to support hospitals that are facing unusual or immediate financial burdens because of Covid-19 as part the FY20 COVID-19 response appropriation.

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