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SMH making major upgrades

Room by room, Stephens Memorial Hospital’s major upgrade project is being completed and its facilities are becoming more modernized and better tailored to the needs of staff and patients.

According to Chris Curtis, Director of Business Development at SMH, the upgrade project began about a month ago. The hospital is paying for the project using federal COVID-19 relief funds. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website, the hospital originally received $7,769,420 from the CARES Act legislation that passed in March 2020.

“We are able to make all of these long-needed replacements due to funds provided to hospitals and other healthcare facilities during the (COVID-19) pandemic,” a recent press release from Curtis stated. “The funds were made available and distributed among facilities to enable them to increase their ability to care for patients and mitigate the spread of (COVID-19).”

Curtis said it was important that the outdated equipment the hospital was working with be updated.

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