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

Arkansas City

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

SCKMC, $517,512

 

Winfield

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

WNH, $4,678,436

Winfield Chiropractic and Rehabilitation, $7,413

 

Cedar Vale

Sedan Area EMS Dist. 2, $9,328

 

Oxford

MI Op Oxford LLC, $11,318

 

Newkirk, Okla.

Fairfax Medical Facilities Inc., $83,832

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