PIERRE – Rural hospitals in De Smet, Wessington Springs, Faulkton and Redfield are among 23 in South Dakota to be awarded a total of $278,000 in federal funding for projects to improve patient access, reduce medication errors, reduce hospital readmissions and improve operations.
The federal Medical Rural Hospital Flexibility program funding comes through the South Dakota Department of Health.
In the past 12 years, rural hospitals in the state have received more than $4 million in direct awards.
Avera De Smet Memorial Hospital will receive $6,331. Avera Weskota Memorial Hospital in Wessington Springs will receive $14,256 and Faulkton Area Medical Center and Community Memorial Hospital in Redfield have each been awarded $15,000.
Hospitals must be Medicare-certified as critical access to be eligible for the funds. Critical access hospitals receive a higher Medicare reimbursement rate and area eligible for federal funding for improvement projects. There are 38 critical access hospitals in the state.
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