28 downstate hospitals are sharing $5.1 million in funds, and most are using the grants for technological improvements.
“We’ve gotta invest in 21st century health care for Illinois,” Quinn said.
Ferrell Hospital in Eldorado is using its $180,000 for an electronic medical record system.
“That’s speeds up your care, and avoids potential problems with your care, as well,” said Ferrell CEO Don Brown.
Good Samaritan Regional Healthcare Center President Mike Warren says its funds were used for new computer systems in the Mt. Vernon hospital’s operating rooms.
“The system has improved timeliness and procedures, and also, it has improved patient safety,” Warren said.
The governor said more than 300 thousand people will be added to health insurance rolls under the Affordable Care Act, and that presents new challenges for the existing health care system.
“We want to do this in a good way working with our healthcare institutions, but we have to make sure we give them the resources to do that," Quinn said.
Grant recipients in our area include:
- Franklin Hospital, Benton: $176,345 to replace a plumbing system.
- Hamilton Memorial Hospital, McLeansboro: $176,120 for a new fire suppression system and loading dock.
- Hardin County General Hospital, Rosiclaire: $177,087 for new laboratory equipment and clinical space renovations.
- Memorial Hospital of Carbondale: $338,390 for an automated pharmacy dispensing system.
- St. Joseph Memorial Hospital, Murphysboro: $179,585 for an automated pharmacy dispensing system.
- Massac Memorial Hospital, Metropolis: $173,780 to renovate the Rural Health Clinic.
- Marshall Browning Hospital, DuQuoin: $172,407 for equipment and HVAC upgrades.
- Pinckneyville Community Hospital: $172,520 for roof replacement and a fuel backup system.
- Ferrell Hospital, Eldorado: $181,160 for an electronic medical record system.
- Harrisburg Medical Center: $223.482 for equipment upgrades.
- Herrin Hospital: $210,230 for an automated pharmacy dispensing system.