Grants Coming to Rural Oregon Hospitals for Pandemic Relief
Small rural Oregon hospitals have help on the way, with $50 million in grant funding coming from Business Oregon. Twenty rural hospitals are receiving awards that will help keep nurses and doctors employed amid increased costs and dropping revenue caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Oregon Legislature and Governor Kate Brown allocated the money to Business Oregon from the federal CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund.
“Getting this money into these community facilities will be a significant lifeline,” said Business Oregon Director Chris Cummings. “Smaller hospitals outside of urban areas have greater challenges covering fixed costs in the face of lost revenue from elective procedures, less economies of scale, and increased costs of PPE and other equipment necessary during this pandemic.”
Grants can only be used to cover necessary expenditures incurred due to the COVID-19 public health emergency from March 1, 2020 through December 30, 2020. This includes payroll, Personal Protective Equipment, and some other equipment. The grants are available to Type A and B hospitals in Oregon.
“Type A” is a rural hospital with 50 or fewer beds located more than 30 miles from another hospital. “Type B” refers to a rural hospital with 50 or fewer beds located within 30 miles of another hospital.
Rural hospitals in 18 Oregon counties are receiving grants, awards were prioritized based on need, as exhibited in the application materials. Below are awardees, locations, and award amounts.
Type A Hospitals
A rural hospital with 50 or fewer beds located more than 30 miles from another hospital.
|Type B Hospitals
A rural hospital with 50 or fewer beds located within 30 miles of another hospital.
Funding will be contingent upon successful contract execution between Business Oregon and recipients. All projects must be completed and grant funds must be expended by December 30, 2020. Unexpended funds will be returned to the U.S. Treasury in accordance with the CARES Act of 2020.
Media Contact: Nathan Buehler, 503-689-3559.