Congressman Bill Shuster is pleased to announce that the Appalachian Regional Commission approved $104,502 of Area Development funds and $20,498 of Distressed County Funds for the Somerset Community Hospital Advanced Medical Care project.
"This $125,000 is going to supply Somerset Community Hospital with lifesaving equipment that will ensure their patients with the best possible care. It is so important that our hospitals in rural districts are not forgotten and receive the funds they need for equipment like these pumps to provide quality care," said Shuster.
"We are thrilled to be able to implement this technology. We couldn't have done this without Congressman Bill Shuster and the support from the Appalachian Regional Commission. This technology will lead to greater efficiency, heightened patient safety and consistent delivery of intravenous medication dosing at Somerset Hospital," said Michele Beener, Development Officer with Somerset Community Hospital.
The ARC funds will be used to purchase 95 state of the art intravenous pumps, replacing all of the hospitals' pumps. They dispense lifesaving medicines to patients automatically without having to be programmed by a nurse. The new pumps have a programmable "library" of prescribed drugs with an alarm that notifies hospital staff if the dosage is exceeded. They also have safety mechanisms that eliminate the risk of free flow of an IV, and a visual display of the drug, dose, and infusion rate.
"Providing access to quality primary health care in rural areas is a key element of ARC's strategy for improving economic opportunity in Appalachia. We are pleased to work with Somerset Community Hospital in this effort to deliver enhanced service to 5,000 patients a year," said ARC Federal Co-Chair Earl Gohl.
Congressman Shuster contacted ARC on the hospital's behalf earlier this spring to stress the importance of this project to Somerset County. The hospital accommodates over 5,000 in-patient visits, over 150,000 out-patient and over 20,000 emergency department visits each year. The hospitals current IV infusion pumps are outdated and must be replaced to maintain industry standards.