By Connie Weight firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter @ntvconnieweight
With the shortage of health care so prevalent in rural Nebraska, health care professionals rely more on technology to help their patients.
One way Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation is able to expand their services is by receiving a 250 thousand dollar grant from the U.S.D.A.
They will now be able to extend the telemedicine services from Oberlin, Kansas to Nebraska City and points in between.
Paying for the best equipment makes this service more important than ever.
"If you're competing with other grants or the other capital dollars needed in hospitals for other equipment, the U.S.D.A. grant allows us to get the telehealth equipment," said CHI Nebraska's Dale Gibbs. "And that's more money into other equipment in the hospital where it's also needed."
"It is putting taxpayer dollars to excellent use and providing services to rural Nebraskans," said U.S.D.A.'s Maxine Moul. "And to increase their access to good healthcare."
This grant now makes Good Sam's telehealth service the biggest in the state. Those participating also pitched in 100 thousand dollars to make this an actual 350 thousand dollar grant.