McConnell Announces UK to Receive $3.8 Million from CARES Act

Funding will ‘Help these Brave Kentuckians and UK Fight the Virus and Keep their Communities Safe’
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced today that the University of Kentucky Center of Excellence in Rural Health will receive $3,878,582 to bolster the healthcare efforts of 46 rural hospitals in combating the coronavirus pandemic. These federal funds, distributed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration, were made available by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Senator McConnell introduced the CARES Act, which became the largest economic relief package in history, and led it to enactment in about a week.

“I’m proud my CARES Act will help these brave Kentuckians and UK fight the virus and keep their communities safe,” said Senator McConnell. “We are grateful for their service, especially to the rural areas of our Commonwealth, and I’ll continue working to help provide resources and supplies to these healthcare heroes on the frontlines.”

The CARES Act funding allows hospitals maximum flexibility in how they respond to COVID-19 within their communities, including for testing and laboratory services as well as the purchase of personal protective equipment to minimize COVID-19 exposure.

“The rural communities in Kentucky appreciate the support of Senator McConnell in assisting rural Kentucky. Providing the CARES Act support for our rural hospitals comes at a crucial time in assisting our rural hospitals and the communities they serve in providing access to care and helping in the fight to defeat the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Dr. Fran Feltner, Director of the University of Kentucky Center of Excellence in Rural Health.

“We are thankful to see this kind of support from the federal government during these challenging times,” said Kentucky Office for Rural Health (KORH) Director, Ernie Scott. “There’s no doubt about it: The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a widespread disruption to our health system. While preparing for and fighting the coronavirus, our hospitals have had to discontinue outpatient care and elective procedures. As a result of that lost revenue, many hospitals have been faced with the reality of having to temporarily furlough staff. Through it all, though, these hospitals have remained open all day, every day. And, their staff has continued to place the medical needs of community members above all else.”

In addition to these federal funds, Kentucky has so far received more than $2.7 billion to address urgent housing, transportation, healthcare, education and economic development priorities from Senator McConnell’s CARES Act.

According to the University of Kentucky, KORH will oversee the administration of federal funds to the following 46 rural hospitals:

1.         AdventHealth Manchester 

2.         ARH Our Lady of the Way Hospital in Martin 

3.         Barbourville ARH Hospital 

4.         Bluegrass Community Hospital in Versailles 

5.         Bourbon Community Hospital in Paris 

6.         Breckinridge Memorial Hospital in Hardinsburg 

7.         Caldwell Medical Center in Princeton 

8.         Carroll County Memorial Hospital in Carrollton 

9.         Casey County Hospital in Liberty 

10.        Crittenden Health Systems in Marion

11.        Cumberland County Hospital in Burkesville 

12.        Ephraim McDowell Fort Logan Hospital in Stanford 

13.        Ephraim McDowell James B. Haggin Hospital in Harrodsburg 

14.        Flaget Memorial Hospital in Bardstown 

15.        Fleming County Hospital in Flemingsburg 

16.        Harrison Memorial Hospital in Cynthiana 

17.        Jane Todd Crawford Hospital in Greensburg 

18.        Kentucky River Medical Center in Jackson 

19.        Livingston Hospital & Healthcare Services in Salem 

20.        Logan Memorial Hospital in Russellville 

21.        Marshall County Hospital in Benton 

22.        Mary Breckinridge ARH Hospital in Hyden 

23.        McDowell ARH Hospital 

24.        Mercy Health-Marcum & Wallace Memorial Hospital in Irvine 

25.        Methodist Health in Morganfield 

26.        Middlesboro ARH Hospital 

27.        Monroe County Medical Center in Tompkinsville 

28.        Morgan County ARH Hospital in West Liberty 

29.        Ohio County Healthcare in Hartford 

30.        Owensboro Health Muhlenberg Community Hospital in Greenville 

31.        Paul B. Hall Regional Medical in Paintsville 

32.        Pineville Community Health Center 

33.        Rockcastle Regional Hospital and Respiratory Care Center in Mt. Vernon 

34.        Russell County Hospital in Russell Springs 

35.        St. Elizabeth Grant in Williamstown 

36.        Saint Joseph Berea 

37.        Saint Joseph Mount Sterling 

38.        The Medical Center at Albany

39.        The Medical Center at Caverna 

40.        The Medical Center at Franklin 

41.        The Medical Center at Scottsville 

42.        Three Rivers Medical Center in Louisa 

43.        T.J. Health Columbia 

44.        Trigg County Hospital in Cadiz 

45.        Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center in Leitchfield

46.        Wayne County Hospital in Monticello



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