Two local hospitals will receive money from the Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction program, according to an announcement made by Governor Pat Quinn Thursday
Governor Quinn announced that $4.7 million in investments to hospitals in central and eastern Illinois, part of $24.3 million in the Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction program to address the critical needs of downstate health care institutions. The investments include funds to local hospitals including Shelby Memorial Hospital and Pana Community Hospital. The announcement follows Governor Quinn’s recent signing of a law that enacted the largest increase in health insurance coverage in state history, one of the Governor’s 2013 legislative priorities.
Pana Community Hospital will receive $172,385.
“Pana Community Hospital was fortunate to be the recipient of one of these Capital Investment Program Grants and we will use the money to help cover the cost of our investment in an electronic medical record system,” stated Trina Casner, President and CEO of Pana Community Hospital.
Casner was one of several hospital administrators who attended the event.
“On behalf of Pana Community Hospital and the patients that it serves, I would like to thank the Governor for releasing these critically important funds. Programs like the Capital Investment Program bring much needed funds to Illinois hospitals. Especially those like Pana Community Hospital which serves a rural area where generating extra funds for capital investments can be difficult,” stated Casner who spoke at the event.
Shelby Memorial Hospital will receive $178,325 toward IT upgrades.
“This is actually the second half of the grant,” said SMH Chief Financial Officer Phil Miller. “The first part was disbursed in June 2012. The grant is a multi-year program.”
Miller said last year’s disbursement was to upgrade the wireless network and the physician’s documentation system. This year’s disbursement will be used to finish the physician’s documentation system, purchase new equipment for the emergency department, mobile computing devices to improve deliver of care and safety of medicine delivery.
So far under Governor Quinn’s Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction program, hospitals have received $150 million to address their critical health care needs.
“It is crucial that hospitals have the most modern facilities and equipment to serve the health care needs of Illinois residents,” said Governor Quinn. “These investments will create good constuction jobs while helping central and eastern Illinois hospitals provide better service and treatment to their patients.”
Other area hospitals receiving grant money include Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center in Coles County, and Decatur Memorial and St. Mary’s Hospitals in Macon County.