Davis, LaHood Announce Grant to Fight Opioid Epidemic Awarded to HSHS St. John's Hospital
U.S. Reps. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) and Darin LaHood (R-Ill.) today announced that HSHS St. John's Hospital System was awarded a $429,008 Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant from USDA Rural Development that will help fight the opioid epidemic.
These funds will help HSHS St. John's Hospital address opioid misuse through the purchase and installation of interactive telemedicine equipment. A telehealth network will be implemented at 14 health care facilities in 13 central Illinois counties. Additionally, the grant will provide for eight virtual urgent care sites, two occupational health clinic sites, and four hospital emergency department teleconsult sites. This project will provide access to rural telemedicine for approximately 25,000 rural patients in these communities each year.
"Grants, like this one, help communities fight the opioid epidemic by giving them access to the resources they need," Davis said. "Residents across the 13th district will benefit from increased access to health care services that will help them recover from opioid misuse. Congress has taken action and just last week, the president signed comprehensive, bipartisan legislation to combat the opioid crisis from all angles. I will continue to ensure communities have access to federal assistance to fight against this epidemic."
“Our 18th District is comprised much of rural communities across central and west-central Illinois and grants such as this will further help combat the ongoing opioid epidemic that is striking communities of all sizes, all while connecting residents in rural areas with quality healthcare providers in a more prompt and efficient fashion,” stated Rep. LaHood. “Once again, I applaud the USDA Rural Development for understanding the needs of our district and I will continue to advocate for methods that help curb opioid abuse across central and west-central Illinois and provide better access to healthcare to all individuals.”