Portman Announces $1.8 Million in Federal Grants to Help Health Care Facilities Across Ohio Provide Telehealth Services

May 28, 2020 | Press Releases

CINCINNATI, OH —Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) announced that the Federal Communications Commission’s Wireline Competition Bureau awarded $1.8 million in telehealth grants to five health care facilities in Ohio that will use this funding to provide telehealth services targeted at low-income patients so that they can receive medical care in more flexible settings. The exact funding amount and details of the facilities telehealth services can be found below.

This grant award follows previous announcements of telehealth grants for Ohio, including one announced last month for the Health Partners of Western Ohio located in Lima, Ohio. Earlier this month, three facilities received nearly $1 million in funding and last week four facilities received nearly $800,000 in funding. These grants come from funds accessible thanks to the bipartisan Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which Portman supported and was signed into law by President Trump. Portman released the following statement: 

“These new federal grants are great news for folks all across Ohio. During this ongoing coronavirus pandemic, telehealth has become a vital service for Ohioans to receive the health care consultations they need without having to leave the safety of their homes. I will continue to work with my colleagues to ensure Ohioans have the resources they need during these uncertain times.”

The following facilities received funding:

  • Harbor in Toledo, Ohio, was awarded $328,126 for laptop computers, tablets, a patient wellness application license, mobile data plans, video telehealth licenses, and other telehealth equipment to continue treatments during the COVID-19 crisis by using telehealth to perform comprehensive mental health and substance use assessment and treatment for all patients, including psychiatric evaluations and pharmacological management, psychological testing and evaluations, and primary care services.
  • Isaiah’s Place in Troy, Ohio, was awarded $30,494 for touchscreen connected devices and internet access to help staff maintain communication with foster children while they are restricted from physically meeting during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Maple Knoll Communities in Cincinnati, Ohio, was awarded $98,984 for a telehealth platform, remote diagnostic equipment, and other professional medical services to provide remote diagnosis, treatment, and monitoring, voice and video consultations, and pharmaceutical services for vulnerable older adults from their own homes, while also increasing efficiency and expanding the number of patient visits during the COVID-19 crisis.
  • St. Vincent Charity Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio, was awarded $183,195 for laptop computers, connected devices, network upgrades, telehealth equipment, a telehealth platform, and internet access to give high-risk, low-income populations access to behavioral and integrated care during the COVID-19 pandemic with an emphasis on opioid addiction, substance use disorders and associated comorbidities and chronic diseases.
  • Trihealth in Cincinnati, Ohio, was awarded $537,471 for tablets, video monitors, and telehealth equipment and software to conduct remote monitoring and treatment for primary, specialty, and urgent care and COVID-19 response, as well as virtual evaluations of hospitalized patients to reduce exposure for providers and patients.
  • University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio, was awarded $821,882 for telemedicine carts, tablets, and home monitoring devices to treat COVID-19 patients in various clinical settings serving 1.3 million unique patients over an 18 county area of Northeastern Ohio, including populations diverse in demographic, socio-economic and home settings (urban, suburban and rural) and to prioritize COVID-19 avoidance by remotely serving patients with other clinical conditions, such as congestive heart failure, diabetes, and asthma.