Over $1M in Emergency Rural Health Care grants dolled out in Western MD

26 July 2023- Congressman David Trone announced $1,093,300 in Emergency Rural Health Care Grants to expand health care and food access to rural Marylanders in Washington County. These grants, funded through the American Rescue Plan, will provide Brook Lane Health Services, Hancock Rescue Squad, and Interfaith Service Coalition (ISC) with the resources needed to improve local health care services.

“Equipping our local health care providers with the tools needed to ensure the health and safety of all Marylanders is just common sense,” said Congressman Trone. “This new funding will build a better health record system, purchase a state-of-the-art ambulance, and provide more food distribution supplies and equipment. Our local leaders need the best resources possible to help our communities, and I remain committed to fighting for and delivering the federal funding Marylanders deserve.” 

The recipients of the Emergency Rural Health Care Grants are: 

  • $661,500 for Brook Lane Health Services Inc. to purchase an electronic health record (EHR) software system and integrate both the clinician and patient experience into one efficient database, portal, and platform.
  • $233,800 for the Hancock Rescue Squad Inc. to invest in a new ambulance that will replace the second ambulance in the Hancock Rescue Squad fleet and include a UV light system for disinfection; heating, ventilation, and air condition (HVAC); air disinfection, and power-loading system for patients. 
  • $198,000 to support the Interfaith Service Coalition of Hancock’s food distribution program by purchasing bulk food, distribution supplies and equipment, and allowing the ISC to bring on essential staff to help run the distribution program. ISC is the only agency in Western Washington County offering this type of service, with the next closest facility being 30 miles away.

The $1,093,300 of total funding for the Rural Development projects was approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.