Owensboro Health has received an additional $4.5 million of additional federal resources to combat the coronavirus pandemic, as announced by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office Friday.
“We are extremely appreciative of Senate Leader McConnell’s efforts to recognize the impact of COVID-19 on not just rural healthcare providers, but also on certain special hospitals in urban areas like Owensboro Health Regional Hospital that serve a predominately rural region,” said Greg Strahan, President/CEO of Owensboro Health. “This additional CARES Act funding will assist in our continued efforts across the region in responding to this pandemic.”
Several Kentucky hospitals received a total of roughly $150 million in federal funding made available by the CARES Healthcare Provider Fund.
“As the only one of the four congressional leaders not from New York or California, it’s my responsibility to keep focus on Middle America and Kentucky in particular,” McConnell said in a release. “It’s my privilege to continue working with Kentucky’s medical professionals to ensure they have the resources to keep our communities safe from this virus.”
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services distributed the CARES Act funding with focuses on (1) safety net hospitals, (2) rural providers, and (3) hospitals serving high-impact communities or “hot spots.”
So far, Kentucky has received more than $1.3 billion from the CARES Act Healthcare Provider Fund.
The following hospitals are among the Kentucky facilities receiving a portion of the $150 million in federal funding:
|Kentucky Hospital||Additional CARES Act Assistance|
|UofL Health – UofL Hospital||$30,600,000|
|St. Elizabeth Healthcare – Fort Thomas||$15,650,000|
|The Medical Center at Bowling Green||$14,200,000|
|Baptist Health – Louisville||$11,900,000|
|Ephraim McDowell Health||$10,200,000|
|Owensboro Health Regional Hospital||$4,500,000|
|Jackson Purchase Medical Center||$2,850,000|
|Southern Kentucky Rehabilitation Hospital||$2,400,000|
In addition to these federal funds, the CARES Act has had a $12 billion impact in Kentucky so far. It has delivered $3.8 billion in relief to address urgent housing, transportation, healthcare, education and economic development priorities. Kentucky small businesses, farmers, and nonprofits have also received more than $5.3 billion in assistance. Kentucky families have also received more than $3.2 billion in Economic Impact Payments from the U.S. Treasury.