Portman Announces Additional Federal Grants to Help Provide Telehealth Services to Ohio Health Care Facilities

May 20, 2020 | Press Releases

WASHINGTON, DC —Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) announced that the Federal Communications Commission’s Wireline Competition Bureau awarded four telehealth grants totaling $748,900 to Ohio health care facilities. The exacting funding amount and details of the facilities telehealth services can be found below.

This announcement is in addition to a telehealth grant announced last month for the Health Partners of Western Ohio located in Lima, Ohio. In addition, last week three facilities received nearly $1 million 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 Ohioans. 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:

Counseling Center of Wayne and Holmes Counties, in Wooster, Ohio, was awarded $28,270 for a telehealth platform and related equipment to remotely treat patients suffering from major mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorders, and substance abuse to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Foundation Behavioral Health Services, in Celina, Ohio, was awarded $19,965 for connected devices and data service upgrades so behavioral health and substance use treatments will be available via telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic.

St. Joseph Orphanage, in Cincinnati, Ohio, was awarded $228,619 for connected devices and video conferencing equipment to provide critical telehealth services, such as same-day emergent appointments, as well as immediate access to psychiatric services by videoconferencing and telephone to allow clients and families to remain safely at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Marietta Memorial Hospital, in Marietta, Ohio, was awarded $473,159 for telehealth carts, connected devices, and remote monitoring equipment to safely diagnose and treat geriatric patients by having crisis staff available via telemedicine to support and treat patients in their own environment during the COVID-19 pandemic.