The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust has announced grants totaling $16 million to purchase computer tomography (CT) scanners for hospitals in rural areas of the upper Midwest.
The grants will help forty-one hospitals purchase new 32-slice (or higher) CT scanners capable of providing faster scans and high-quality images, enabling medical staff to quickly determine a patient’s health status and course of treatment while also giving them access to up-to-date healthcare technology. Since 2015, the trust’s Rural Healthcare Program has awarded more than $30 million to provide seventy-eight of the region’s hospitals with state-of-the-art CT scanners.
"Our goal is to ensure that people who live in rural America have access to quality healthcare as close to home as possible," said Helmsley Charitable Trust trustee Walter Panzirer. "To achieve this, rural hospitals need to be viable and they need to have up-to-date equipment, so patients can receive essential healthcare services locally. This initiative is one of many that aims to improve healthcare access and health outcomes across the upper Midwest."