UPDATE 9/9/13 @ 9:35 p.m.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (WSAZ) -- U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown announced Monday that the Appalachian Regional Commission has awarded a grant to the Meigs County Community Improvement Corporation to develop a new 24-hour emergency room, the first in the county.
The Meigs County Emergency Room will be a part of the health care campus that is being developed and is expected to serve 5,000 patients within its first year of operation.
“Ohio’s rural communities and small towns face a heavy burden when financing infrastructure projects, including health care facilities,” Brown said in a prepared release. “This project will bring important health care resources to Meigs County and will ensure that residents have nearby, 24-hour access to emergency health care facilities.”
In addition to the ARC’s $250,000 grant, local sources will provide $62,500 in matching funds, bringing the total project funding to $312,500. The funds will be used to purchase equipment such as MRI and x-ray systems, emergency generators and electronic medical records technology.
U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) announced that the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) awarded a grant to the Meigs County Commissioners to construct a road to access the emergency medical building of the Meigs County Health Care Campus.
In addition to providing a key avenue to an emergency-care facility, the new roadway will create an estimated 30 jobs within 180 days of the facility opening.
“Ohio’s rural communities and small towns face a heavy burden when financing infrastructure projects,” Brown said. “This improvement project will provide residents better access to a vital community resource at the Meigs County Health Care Campus.”
The Ohio Department of Transportation will administer the $500,000 grant and the Federal Highway Administration will serve as the basic federal agency for the construction of the 0.15-mile access road.