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Two grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will allow IU Health to care for more rural Hoosiers.
The grants—totaling $698,450—will be used to purchase virtual care infrastructure, creating better access in six primary care offices and seven rural critical access hospitals in Clinton, White, Tipton, Orange, Lawrence, Blackford and Jay counties in Indiana.
“These investments will connect healthcare professionals and extend resource access to 72,465 residents and their communities,” says Michael Dora, state director of USDA (shown, right).
With the investments, IU Health will:
“We know that 60% of people who need behavioral health care don’t receive it, although treatment is 60% to 80% effective. This technology is critical for expanding access to behavioral health into primary care, where 80% of people receive their mental healthcare,” says Stephanie Berry, director of Community Health at IU Health.
“These grants will help us to expand access for patients that we serve in our critical access hospitals,” says Ian McDaniel, executive director of Virtual Care (shown, left). “We are thankful for the IU Health Foundation team who helped to secure this grant.”
IU Health will implement these new initiatives throughout 2020.
To learn more about how philanthropy supports better patient care at all IU Health locations, visit iuhealthfoundation.org.