Governor Bill Lee announced the final distribution of $10 million in Small and Rural Hospital Readiness Grants to support smaller hospitals that are facing financial strain due to the ongoing response to COVID-19.

Spread across 29 hospitals in 28 counties, the grants help smaller hospitals bridge funding gaps created by reduced patient volumes while federal funds become available. Baptist Memorial Hospital is a recipient of the readiness grant.

Skipper Bondurant stated, "With the mandated decrease in elective cases across the state and country we are grateful that Gov. Lee allowed rural hospitals to apply for some additional funding to help soften the blow of these lost revenues. The funds do not cover all the losses but every little bit helps as we continue to face the COVID crisis. We are open for business and for those that have been putting off their medical care please know that we are taking extra precautions to keep our patients and staff safe. "