Hospital to receive $500k in grant money
POCAHONTAS – St. Bernards Five Rivers Medical Center will receive $500,000 in grant funds from the Arkansas Community and Economic Development Program (ACEDP) as part of the federal CARES Act.
The announcement came Thursday, May 14, at a public hearing at the Randolph County Courthouse to discuss the grant as well as other community needs for which future general assistance grants may be used.
The $500,000 grant can be used for such operating costs as maintenance, security, operations, utilities, furnishings, equipment, training and other incidental costs associated with the provision of new, continued or increased health services as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Jeremy Capps, St. Bernards Five Rivers administrator, said the hospital plans to use the funds for overall operations.
“We have not decreased the salaries of any individuals,” noted Capps at the meeting. “And those are things we’re seeing in the state. The way these funds can best be used for the hospital, I believe, is to try to put it toward these general operations . . . with payroll and keeping folks’ salaries going. What this will equate to is more than one payroll period but not quite two. But that would be huge for the hospital. And I’m extremely grateful for this grant. The timing of it is perfect.”
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