WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded a $172,358 grant for telemedicine hub sites at Holzer Health System in Gallia County. These funds will provide students and staff in six communities with access to primary and preventive care that is currently unavailable through the Appalachian Primary Care Telemedicine program.

“Too often, our rural communities face a shortage of health care providers, making telemedicine a promising resource for patients who need care,” said Brown. “This award will expand services to preventive and primary care by giving Holzer Health System new opportunities to expand use of telemedicine in the region.”

USDA’s Rural Development program provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas by supporting infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas.