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Grant funding will help CoxHealth’s south-side hospital provide services to victims of sexual assault.
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Grant funding will help CoxHealth’s south-side hospital provide services to victims of sexual assault.

CoxHealth, Mercy awarded grants worth hundreds of thousands

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CoxHealth and Mercy Springfield Communities stand to benefit from grant funding in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

At CoxHealth, two grants totaling $590,840 are earmarked for sexual assault response efforts, according to a news release.

The larger of the grants, a $363,637 award from the U.S. Department of Justice, allows CoxHealth to add sexual assault nurse examiners to provide forensic exams at the health care system’s rural hospitals. Additionally, the establishment of a sexual assault response team will help victims navigate available services in five Ozarks counties.

Administered by the DOJ, a separate $227,203 grant awarded by the Missouri Department of Social Services Victims of Crime Act is slated for CoxHealth to add a telehealth system for sexual assault victims in rural southwest Missouri, specifically Barton, Barry and Lawrence counties. The grant also will provide telehealth equipment and staffing for a nursing hub at CoxHealth in Springfield that would benefit victims, according to the release.

Grant funding will become available in early 2020.

Three of Mercy Springfield Communities’ hospitals are included in grant funding that affects nine of the St. Louis-based health care system’s locations, according to a separate news release.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s $496,349 grant to Mercy is for distance learning and telemedicine programs in rural communities. The USDA is providing $42.5 million for 133 distance learning and telemedicine projects in 37 states and two U.S. territories.

Mercy Springfield Communities spokeswoman Sonya Kullmann said its hospitals in Aurora, Cassville and Mountain View would receive funding. However, she was unable to provide the amounts the three hospitals are receiving by deadline.

“Almost half of the communities Mercy serves are in some of the most remote rural areas,” said Mark Saxon, vice president of clinical operations for Mercy Virtual, in the release. “These residents don’t have access to the level of care found in larger cities, and in some of these communities, they have no medical care. This grant will allow us to install video equipment that will provide access to hundreds of Mercy medical specialists and even greater access to primary care.”

In 2015, Mercy opened a $54 million virtual care center in Chesterfield to provide telehealth services, according to Springfield Business Journal archives.


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