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tween funding new or existing graduate medical education (GME) programs or direct hospital support through a single application process.

Graduate medical education funds are used to support existing or new GME programs that provide additional training for physicians who have completed medical school and are interested in learning more about a particular specialty of medicine. Direct hospital support funds can be used to increase access to healthcare, ensure adequate staffing, and to make financial and operational improvements. The selected hospitals were awarded between $250,000 and $1,000,000 each to further strengthen access to quality care for Georgia’s rural communities.

Meadows will receive a $250,000 GME grant. CEO Matt Hasbrouk said the funding will be a boost for the hospital’s graduate medical education program. It allows recent medical school graduates to come to Meadows to learn the specialty of internal medicine. “In the short term, what this will do is bring more doctors into this community to be trained. In the long term, the goal would be to have those physicians stay in this community and in the surrounding counties to provide primary care.”

Also receiving a $250,000 GME grant was Meadows’ sister HCA facility Fairview Park Hospital in Dublin. Other GME recipients were John D. Archbold Memorial Hospital (Thomasville) – $1 million; Colquitt Regional Medical Center (Moultrie) – $1 million; and Coffee Regional Medical Center (Douglas) – $250,000.

Receiving Hospital Support Funding were: Atrium Health Navicent Baldwin (Milledgeville) $500,000; Emanuel Medical Center (Swainsboro) – $500,000; Effingham Health System (Springfield) – $500,000; Putnam General Hospital (Eatonton) – $500,000; Washington County Regional Medical Center (Sandersville) – $500,000; Jefferson Hospital (Louisville) $250,000; Upson Regional Medical Center (Thomaston) – $250,000; Union General Hospital (Blairsville) – $250,000.

“Since I took office, my administration has worked to deliver on the promise that we would work with state and local partners to develop Georgia's rural communities, including efforts to improve our rural healthcare systems,' said Governor Kemp in a press release from his office. 'These awards will provide further support to those hospitals that serve rural Georgians and communities in need.”

“Proactively working to address healthcare disparities within rural communities continues to be a priority for the agency,” said DCH Commissioner Russel Carlson. “This grant is just one way we are strengthening healthcare access in underserved regions, and investing in Georgia’s healthcare workforce.”

The Dual Track Rural Hospital Support Program is funded through the state’s Rural Hospital Stabilization Grant, which was established in 2014, and has awarded more than $40 million in funding for Georgia rural hospitals since its inception. The funds are administered through the Department of Community Health through the State Office of Rural Health.

“These grant awards reflect our commitment to addressing the healthcare needs of rural hospitals and providing effective solutions,” said Joel Presley, executive director of the State Office of Rural Health. “These funds will provide support to initiatives that address critical needs for both Georgia’s rural hospitals and citizens.

I’m excited to see how these grants will help drive quality healthcare in these communities.”

Since taking office, Governor Kemp has worked with the Georgia General Assembly to take significant steps to improve healthcare access and affordability in Georgia, particularly in rural areas and underserved communities, including: • Passing the Patients First Act: Since the passage of the Patients First Act in 2019, insurance premiums statewide have dropped by an average of 11 percent while the number of carriers has increased from four to 10. Marketplace enrollment has also increased from approximately 458 thousand to 1.3 million Georgians.

• Expanding Rural Physician Tax Credit: HB 82 signed into law earlier this year expanded the Rural Physician Tax Credit to include dentists, allowing qualifying healthcare professionals to receive a tax credit of $5,000 for each 12-month period of employment for up to 5 years.

This aims to attract more doctors and dentists to serve rural communities.

• Student Loan For giveness for Rural Healthcare Professionals: HB 872, also signed into law earlier this year, provides service cancelable loans for dental students who agree to practice in rural areas.

Dental students actively enrolled in accredited dental education programs in the United States can benefit from this program.

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