Medical Telecommunications Equipment Grant Recipients

The Wisconsin Public Service Commission has approved grants for 21 applicants as part of the agency's Medical Telecommunications Equipment Program.

The approved grants are paid for through the state's Universal Service Fund. The purpose of this grant program is to enhance access to medical care in rural or underserved areas of the state and increase access to care through technologically-advanced medical services.

The 21 grants approved total just under $1-million. Five grants are targeted for southwest Wisconsin facilities. They include Scenic Bluffs Community Health Center. The $15,435 grant will purchase eight tablet computers, and a language interpretation application for each computer. The computers will be located in Scenic Bluffs clinics in Viroqua, Sparta, Norwalk and Cashton.

Mile Bluff Medical Center will receive a grant for $50,622 to purchase of five telemedicine carts and associated equipment for clinics in Mauston, Elroy, Delton, Necedah, and New Lisbon. The carts will be used for the treatment of stroke patients and will allow easier access with neurologists at Gundersen Health Systems in LaCrosse and UW-Health in Madison.

The Richland Hospital will receive a $126,563 grant for the purchase of three sets of video conference equipment to be installed in three patient rooms in the intensive care section of hospital. The Richland Hospital would use this equipment to communicate with UW-Health doctors in Madison regarding patient care.

UW-Health will receive $46,176 for the purchase of two telemedicine carts to facilitate consultation with UW-Health neurologists regarding the treatment of stroke patients at partner facilities in Platteville and Lancaster.

Finally, the Gundersen Medical Foundation will receive $20,863 to replace outdated telemedicine equipment with two new telemedicine carts at Tomah Memorial Hospital and Richland Medical Center in Richland Center.