Congressman Mark S. Critz (PA-12) announced today that $125,000 in federal funding will be used to update medical equipment and improve care at Somerset Hospital. The grant is being provided by the U.S. Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC).
Somerset Hospital's current IV infusion pumps are outdated and must be replaced to maintain industry standards. This federal grant will assist the hospital in purchasing 78 "smart" pumps with wireless batteries, software licenses, and a server needed to support the pumps. New pump technology will give nurses greater control in administering medications and will improve responses to infusion-related errors. Reducing medication errors will improve patient safety and their ultimate health outcomes.
"Somerset Hospital accommodates over 155,000 inpatient and outpatient visits each year, and must be able to provide these patients with the latest in medical equipment and care," said Congressman Critz. "This $125,000 federal grant will help update the hospital's IV pumps -- reducing medication errors and improving patient health and safety."
In addition to ARC funds, Somerset Hospital has committed $125,000 in matching funds for the project, bringing the total funding for this project to $250,000.
The Appalachian Regional Commission was established by Congress in 1965 to serve as a regional economic development agency that represents a partnership of federal, state, and local government. ARC works with communities throughout Appalachia to create opportunities for economic development and improved quality of life.