A grant for $200,000 to expand telehealth services for West Virginians and to help offset unexpected expenses related to COVID-19 was awarded to Mon Health Medical Center from the Milan Puskar Foundation.
Mon Health Medical Center is committed to extending the reach of the telehealth initiative to serve more citizens in need of medical care and to meet the mission of the Milan Puskar Foundation to improve the quality of life for all West Virginians, according to a press release from the hospital.
“This generous support from the Milan Puskar Foundation is both welcomed and critical during this pandemic,” said David Goldberg, president and CEO of Mon Health System. “We’ve been given $100,000 to expand telehealth services at a time of unprecedented need. We’ve also received $100,000 to help our health system offset unexpected expenses because of our response to the pandemic. Mon Health has put the safety of our colleagues, patients, and visitors first by ensuring we screen visitors, colleagues, and patients in an effort to mitigate spread to each other or those coming to us for medical care. This is a significant investment and we will not end this practice until the pandemic state of emergency ends — your safety and wellbeing are our top priority.”
COVID-19 has stretched hospital resources and disrupted the lives of West Virginian citizens.
Expanding telehealth services will make access to care easier for citizens and allow medical personnel to serve those citizens better and more safely.
Unexpected expenses include increasing need for Personal Protective Equipment, traveling nurses, establishing COVID-19 screening staff and testing sites.
“The Milan Puskar Foundation has a history of investing in programs to improve the quality of life for West Virginia citizens and this is a moment of great need,” said Mark Gilliam, chief administrative officer for Mon Health Medical Center and chief information officer for Mon Health System. “With Mon Health, we have great community partners stepping up to answer the call in the fight against COVID-19.”
Mon Health System is an integrated network of physician clinics, outpatient centers and hospitals in north-central West Virginia that includes four hospitals — its flagship, Mon Health Medical Center in Morgantown; Mon Health Preston Memorial Hospital in Kingwood; Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital in Weston; affiliate, Grafton City Hospital in Grafton; Mon Health Equipment & Supplies in Morgantown, Fairmont and Weston; and The Village at Heritage Point. Mon Health System is also part of many joint ventures such as Healthworks Rehab and Fitness, Acuity Hospital of Morgantown, Monongalia EMS, Amedisys Hospice, Care Partners, Encompass and the Mon Health Center for Outpatient Surgery.