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Governor announces final awards for Small and Rural Hospital Readiness Grants

Johnson City Press • Updated May 19, 2020 at 5:45 PM

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee announced the final distribution of $10 million in Small and Rural Hospital Readiness Grants Tuesday to support smaller hospitals facing financial strain because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

The list includes $136,545 apiece for Franklin Woods Community Hospital in Johnson City, Sycamore Shoals Hospital in Elizabethton and Unicoi County Hospital in Erwin.

“Our small and rural hospitals play a critical role in their communities, providing both necessary care to patients and good-paying jobs to residents, and we’re proud to support these hospitals through such unprecedented times,” Lee said in a press release issued Tuesday. “We’ll continue to work with hospitals across our state and the federal government to ensure hospitals have the resources they need to maintain operations and serve their communities well.”

The press release said the grants are spread across 29 hospitals in 28 counties and help smaller hospitals bridge funding gaps created by reduced patient volumes while federal funds become available. The release said applicants were required to demonstrate that they are actively pursuing available federal relief. Grants were capped at $500,000.

A full list of the hospitals receiving grants is available at www.tn.gov/ecd/rural-development/small-and-rural-hospital-readiness-grant.

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