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August 7, 2020

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.

Applicant County City Award Amount

Type A Hospitals
A rural hospital with 50 or fewer beds located more than 30 miles from another hospital.

Blue Mountain Hospital District Grant John Day $1,592,489
Curry General Hospital Curry Gold Beach $2,501,621
Good Shepherd Medical Center Umatilla Hermiston $6,134,753
Harney District Hospital Harney Burns $538,814
Lake District Hospital Lake Lakeview $1,900,000
Pioneer Memorial Heppner Morrow Heppner $991,829
St Alphonsus Med Ctr-Baker City Baker Baker City $1,322,822
St Alphonsus Med Ctr-Ontario Malheur Ontario $1,320,000
Type B Hospitals
A rural hospital with 50 or fewer beds located within 30 miles of another hospital.
Asante Ashland Comm Hospital Jackson Ashland $2,386,634
Coquille Valley Hospital Coos Coquille $962,572
Lower Umpqua Hospital Douglas  Reedsport $1,596,866
Mid-Columbia Medical Center Wasco The Dalles $591,034
Samaritan Lebanon Hospital Linn Lebanon $6,594,487
Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital Lincoln Lincoln City $3,453,751
Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital Lincoln Newport $4,635,959
Santiam Memorial Hospital Marion Stayton $3,496,233
Southern Coos Hospital and Health Center Coos Bandon $780,905
St Charles - Madras Jefferson Madras $1,866,811
St Charles - Prineville Crook Prineville $2,000,100
St Charles - Redmond Deschutes Redmond $4,521,591

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.


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