Sen. Brown Announces New Resources to Improve Health Equipment in Four Ohio Counties

Appalachian Regional Commission Grant Will Help Fund Lead Electrocardiogram (EKG) Equipment for 24 EMS Providers and Fire Departments in Guernsey, Morgan, Muskingum and Perry Counties

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Genesis HealthCare System in Zanesville received new federal resources for critical emergency response equipment. U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) awarded a $75,000 grant for Genesis HealthCare System in Zanesville to purchase 12-Lead Electrocardiogram (EKG) monitors and transmission systems for use in all 24 EMS and fire departments in Guernsey, Morgan, Muskingum, and Perry Counties. The EKGs will help prevent, diagnose, and treat heart attacks for hundreds of patients each year.

“Residents and patients in Guernsey, Morgan, Muskingum, and Perry counties rely on a modern health care system unhindered by geographical distance through the Genesis HealthCare System,” Brown said. “These federal resources will ensure that Eastern Ohioans experiencing cardiac arrest will receive efficient, high-tech care.”

According to the Appalachian Regional Commission, the Genesis HealthCare System has treated 482 patients suffering from health attack since 2010. The grant will allow each unit to transmit EKG information to the emergency department while transporting the patient, and will enable improve diagnostics and treatment. Based on 2011 data, more than 2,000 patients are expected to be served. In addition to ARC’s $75,000 grant, local sources will provide an additional $121,053 to complete the project. 

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