Rural ultrasound initiative grants $1.2M to Sanford Health

Locations in Minnesota will purchase imaging equipment and boost sonography training

Rural ultrasound initiative grants $1.2M to Sanford Health

The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust has granted more than $1.2 million to Sanford Health locations in southwest Minnesota to purchase equipment as part of a $26.4 million ultrasound initiative in Minnesota.

The initiative includes nearly $18.3 million to help Minnesota hospitals and health centers purchase ultrasound imaging devices and an additional $8.1 million to boost sonography and point of care ultrasound (POCUS) training opportunities across the state.

“Ensuring our patients have easy access to ultrasound services and technology in rural parts of southwest Minnesota is crucial to our mission of being the largest rural health care provider in the nation,” said Eric Hilmoe, vice president of operations for the Sanford Health south network. “As a patient, having this equipment in their hometown or a nearby community saves patients hundreds of miles in travel by not needing to travel to a larger clinic or facility.”

Ultrasound access for all Minnesotans

Walter Panzirer, a Trustee for the Helmsley Charitable Trust, said the grants will help improve access to exceptional medical treatment for all Minnesotans, whether they live in the heart of Minneapolis or a smaller rural or underserved community.

“Our hospitals and health centers need to stay current with rapidly advancing technology so they can continue to provide top-notch health care close to home,” Panzirer said. “These grants help ensure that facilities across Minnesota have the latest and greatest ultrasound equipment and training.”

The grants were announced Tuesday during a news conference at Hennepin Healthcare in Minneapolis.

The following Sanford Health communities in southwest Minnesota received grants:

  • Tracy
  • Westbrook
  • Worthington
  • Jackson
  • Luverne
  • Canby

The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust aspires to improve lives by supporting exceptional efforts in the U.S. and around the world in health and select place-based initiatives. Since beginning active grantmaking in 2008, Helmsley has committed more than $3.5 billion for a wide range of charitable purposes.

Helmsley’s Rural Healthcare Program funds innovative projects that use information technologies to connect rural patients to emergency medical care, bring the latest medical therapies to patients in remote areas, and provide state-of-the-art training for rural hospitals and EMS personnel. To date, this program has awarded more than $600 million to organizations and initiatives in the states of North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming, Minnesota, Iowa, Montana, and Nevada.

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