Thompson Announces Rural Hospital Grant for Bucktail Medical Center

Sep 17, 2013 Issues: Healthcare

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson, R-Howard, today announced that Bucktail Medical Center (BMC) in Renovo, Clinton County, is one of 20 hospitals in Pennsylvania that will receive funding under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program (SHIP).  The funds will support information technology upgrades used for documenting the diagnosis and treatment of patients.

“Healthcare delivery to our rural communities can be challenging,” stated Rep. Thompson. “These types of grants level the playing field with our urban counterparts, and will assist Bucktail Medical in upgrading their current technologies to meet the changing industry standards and better serve the people of Renovo and the surrounding communities.” 

Bucktail Medical Center will receive approximately $7,500 that will be used to support the transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10, the new diagnosis and procedure code sets used by hospitals to group and identify patient encounters. Hospitals are required to make the transition to ICD-10 by October 1, 2014.

“As a remote, critical access facility, Bucktail Medical Center will benefit tremendously from this transition, and this funding will help with our planning, training, and software upgrades,” stated Thomas Foster, Chief Executive Officer for Bucktail Medical Center. “Once the transition is complete, physicians will be able to offer better care through more accurate patient diagnosis and treatment.”

In Pennsylvania, a total of 20 small and rural hospitals with fewer than 50 beds, will receive funds through the SHIP grant.  The SHIP funds are initially awarded to the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health, which provides technical assistance to hospitals throughout the commonwealth.

The Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health was established at Penn State University in 1991. It is a joint effort by the university’s College of Health and Human Development and the Penn State Outreach and Penn State Extension. The office is funded by the federal Office of Rural Health Policy of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Pennsylvania Department of Health, and Penn State.