In the spring of 2018, the Helmsley Charitable Trust’s Rural Healthcare Program surveyed health care facilities in its seven-state funding area to learn about community health, capital, and workforce needs. A large percentage of responding facilities reported radiology equipment, particularly fixed and portable X-ray, C-arm and fluoroscopy, as a top capital priority. However, due to lower reimbursement rates, replacing this equipment is often deferred.
The Rural Healthcare Program has therefore launched a Radiology Equipment Initiative, a funding opportunity for qualifying critical access hospitals and not-for-profit clinics (including rural health clinics and federally qualified health centers) in Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming.
Qualifying facilities may apply for funding to purchase new radiology equipment through a 12-month grant. Qualifying equipment includes fixed digital X-ray, portable digital X-ray, mobile digital C-arm equipment and fixed digital fluoroscopy equipment.