Peterson Announces $189,000 for CentraCare

Apr 30, 2015 Issues: Health

WASHINGTON – Congressman Collin C. Peterson today announced that CentraCare Health – Long Prairie has been awarded $189,654 for the first year of a three-year grant program, totaling more than $540,000. The grant was made through the Department of Health and Human Services’ Rural Health Care Services Outreach Grant Program.

The award will fund a tele-neurology patient navigator program providing discharged stroke patients from ten regional hospitals and eight home health agencies with continuum of care services to optimize post-stroke outcomes and reduce re-admission rates.

“This grant will help CentraCare expand their reach and the services they provide to Minnesotans, especially those in rural areas like the Seventh District,” Peterson said.

“Having the tele-neurology program available to our rural patients will give them the benefit of specialized care in their hometowns. This will ensure easy follow-up appointments and better recovery for stroke victims,” said Ken Holmen, MD, CentraCare Health President and CEO.

CentraCare Health is a not-for-profit health system that provides comprehensive, high-quality care to people throughout Central Minnesota.