The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust has announced the launch of an $8 million program designed to replace or acquire computed tomography scanners at critical access hospitals in the Upper Midwest.
Part of the trust's Rural Healthcare Program, the initiative will award grants of up to $400,000 to qualifying hospitals serving rural areas for the purchase of new, thirty-two-slice or higher CT scanners. In early 2015, the Rural Healthcare Program surveyed critical access hospitals in North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming, Minnesota, Iowa, and Montana to learn about their community health, capital, and workforce needs. A large percentage of those hospitals mentioned radiology equipment — particularly CT scanners — as a top capital priority.
"Helmsley's Rural Healthcare Program aims to help rural hospitals in the Upper Midwest offer the best care possible to patients close to home," said Walter Panzirer, a trustee of the Helmsley Charitable Trust. "Funding the technology and equipment that allows hospitals to care for more patients locally is one way we can ensure rural hospitals will thrive for years to come."