On Friday, U.S. Senator Rob Portman announced nearly $400,000 in grants to fund telehealth services for low-income patients at three Ohio health care facilities, including one in Canton and another in Lorain.
Aultman Hospital in Canton was awarded $294,749 for a telehealth platform, office equipment, mobile hotspots, and telehealth equipment so patients can access medical care on smartphones, tablets and computers, including COVID-19 care, urgent care, behavioral care and primary care among other services.
The Nord Center, a behavioral and mental health agency in Lorain, was awarded $101,294 for laptop computers, smartboards, and equipment to increase access to care.
The third hospital that received a grant was Wayne HealthCare in Greenville, which was awarded $2,082 for tablets and phones to expand its telehealth services.
Each grant was a part of the bipartisan Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
Portman issued the following statement regarding the grants:
These new federal grants are good news for folks all across Ohio. During this ongoing coronavirus pandemic, telehealth has become a vital service for Ohioans to receive the health care consultations they need without having to leave the safety of their homes. I will continue to work with my colleagues to ensure Ohioans have the resources they need during these uncertain times.