West Valley Hospital Receives Funding for Videoconferencing Equipment

Apr 23, 2010

An Oregon Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility (Flex) Grant of $10,000 was recently awarded to West Valley Hospital through the Oregon Office of Rural Health to purchase videoconferencing equipment.

An Oregon Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility (Flex) Grant of $10,000 was recently awarded to West Valley Hospital through the Oregon Office of Rural Health to purchase videoconferencing equipment.

The West Valley Hospital Foundation contributed an additional $9,945 in matching funds to complete the project.

The videoconferencing technology will provide two-way audio-visual communication linking West Valley Hospital to educational offerings held at other sites, such as the Community Health Education Center at Salem Hospital.

The goal of the flex grant is to improve the quality of health care outcomes for Medicare patients through access to health education.

By fall, seniors living in Polk County will be able to go to West Valley Hospital and benefit from classes focusing on a variety of health topics.

The equipment will also be used to bring outside continuing medical education offerings directly into the hospital for employees and physicians.

“The West Valley Hospital Foundation is pleased to be able to partner with the Oregon Office of Rural Health to make this project possible,” says Foundation Chair Lane Shetterly. “Making high quality health education available right here at our local hospital will be a great benefit to the community.”

The West Valley Hospital Foundation is committed to raising, managing and distributing funds to help West Valley Hospital achieve its mission of improving the health and well-being of the people and community it serves.

West Valley Hospital, located in Dallas, Oregon, is a critical access hospital offering 24-hour emergency care, as well as inpatient and outpatient services to people in the Polk County area.

A part of Salem Health, West Valley Hospital and its affiliates, Monmouth Medical Center and West Valley Physicians & Surgeons Clinic, partner with Salem Hospital for additional healthcare services.

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