Area health care providers have received federal HHS Provider Relief Funds to help offset losses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The recipients cover a variety of providers, from hospitals to medical supply companies to pharmacies.
The CARES Act and the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act provided $175 billion in relief funds to hospitals and other healthcare providers on the frontlines of the coronavirus response.
This money was further divided into different funds, including $50 billion for general distribution, $12 billion for high impact areas and $10 billion for rural providers.
A number of local providers received money from these three funds, which are being distributed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, according to data provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Local amounts ranged from just $18, for a Winfield chiropractic office, to millions of dollars. The two largest beneficiaries were William Newton Hospital in Winfield, with $4.7 million, and South Central Kansas Medical Center in Arkansas City, with $517,512.
“The funds received will help only be used to help cover lost revenues and the expense incurred to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus,” said Brian Barta, chief financial officer at William Newton Hospital, in an email.
SCKMC CEO Jeff Bowman said the hospital would use their funds to “try and keep the hospital going.”
The Ark City hospital has also received a Small Business Administration loan to help cover payroll costs, but officials have not provided the amount of that loan. Bowman on Friday she he would not provide that figure until after he had shared it with the SCKMC board of directors at their upcoming meeting.
Clock Medical Supply, of Winfield, received $36,087 because they are a Medicare Part B biller, president Dennis Clock said. The company is a wholesaler and distributer of medical supplies with customers in eight states, including nursing facilities and group homes.
Clock said the funds will be used to help keep their 30 employees and offset cost increases for shipping and raw materials.
“This will support our efforts to make sure folks get their products,” Clock said.
Graves Drugstore, which has locations in Winfield and Arkansas City, received $11,194. Owner Darred Price said Graves bills Medicare Part B for customer supplies such as nebulizers and test strips, which is why they got some funds.
Price said the funds will go to paying employees and purchasing supplies such as masks, gloves and hand sanitizer to benefit the community. Price said his business has actually added a couple of employees recently due to increased curbside deliveries.
Even with this delivery increase, business overall has suffered. Funds like these help supplement Graves’ income, Price said.
“Without the Paycheck Protection Plan loan, or the HHS funds, we would be struggling, obviously. This helps us sustain during a downturn in business,” Price said.
A full list of all fund recipients can be found at data.cdc.gov/Administrative/HHS-Provider-Relief-Fund/kh8y-3es6.
Businesses receiving HHS funds
Advanced Physical Therapy LLC (multiple locations including Ark City and Winfield), $152,960
City of AC, $22,201
Dr. S.L. Abbey, $5,748
Kay County Clinic Co. LLC (includes Ark City Clinic), $166,264
Olen Medical Inc., $4,213
Price Pharmacies Inc. (Graves Drug), $11,194
Branches of Life, LLC, $1,398
Bryan C. Davis, M.D., $14,168
Bryan K. Dennett, D.D., $24,431
Chris Wilson (chiropractor), $6,630
Clock Medical Supply Inc., $36,087
Cowley County, $2,652
Freeman Eye Care, $3,454
Health Center Pharmacy Inc., $1,295
Holman & Lindenmann, OD’s, $12,277
Kansas Specialty Services Inc., $10,194
Long Term Care Specialists, $18,173
Mettling Chiropractic, $18
Patrick Bloedel, M.D., $8,729
Randee E. Lipman, M.D., $18,187
Rausch Medical Clinics LLC, $4,692
Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Clinic of Cowley County, $4,568
Sunflower OB-GYN, $658
Urgent Care of Cowley County, $7,259
Wichita Diabetes and Endocrinology, $27,426
Winfield Chiropractic and Rehabilitation, $7,413
Sedan Area EMS Dist. 2, $9,328
MI Op Oxford LLC, $11,318
Fairfax Medical Facilities Inc., $83,832