Elbert Memorial receives $750K Grant

Photo L-R Executive Director of the Georgia State Office of Rural Health Patsy Whaley and Hospital CEO Kerry Trapnell meet at the Georgia Office of Rural Health in Cordele to discuss the Stabilization Grant.

The Georgia Department of Community Health’s State Office of Rural Health recently announced that Elbert Memorial Hospital will receive a $750,000 Phase IV Rural Health Stabilization Grant from the Georgia Department of Community Health. Elbert Memorial Hospital is one of four rural  hospitals in the state to receive this grant.

The Rural Hospital Stabilization Grant was created in 2014 to identify the needs of community hospitals and provide potential solutions to help rural Georgians maintain local access to physicians and hospital services. Elbert Memorial Hospital’s participation will continue until June of 2019.

Hospital CEO Kerry Trapnell said, “We are excited to have been selected for this program. We are working hard to establish new services and expand the services our community needs and deserves.

We want to ensure the community we are taking a hard look at where these grant monies will have the greatest amount of impact to best serve our healthcare needs of our community now and in the future.

With input from our community, we are formulating a plan which would include upgrades in our Emergency Room, new radiology equipment for our Radiology Department, increase orthopedic services, adding new specialists, and improving surgical services with state-of-the-art equipment.

We want our community and the patients we serve to know they have a great community hospital right here in Elberton, and they do not have to go out of town for the same services we offer.

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