O’Halleran Applauds Over One Million in USDA Grants to Expand Telehealth in AZ01

October 8, 2020
Press Release

VILLAGE OF OAK CREEK ­– Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) announced that a total of $1,121,946 had been awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to Arizona medical centers to assist in the development and expansion of telemedicine to better serve rural communities in Arizona’s First Congressional District.

“Rural communities across Arizona have long faced significant barriers to accessing comprehensive health care. This year, the COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the urgent need for telehealth infrastructure to keep rural families connected to the care they need,” said O’Halleran. “I am pleased to see these much-needed investments in rural telehealth and telemedicine infrastructure that will benefit countless Arizona families and allow these medical centers to continue to serve rural communities.”

A grant of $744,452 was awarded to Cobre Valley Regional Medical Center to develop a telemedicine network and maximize health care resources through its medical centers covering the Globe, Kearny, Superior, Young, and Tonto Basin communities, and a grant of $377,494 was awarded to Benson Hospital to launch a new telemedicine project that will be deployed at 11 sites to provide telehealth services to rural residents in Cochise, Graham, and Greenlee counties.