Merkley, Wyden & Hoyle Announce $165,252 to Southern Coos Hospital & Health for Telemedicine in Coos County

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden and U.S. Representative Val Hoyle (OR-04) today announced Southern Coos Hospital & Health Center was awarded a federal grant of $165,252 to deliver health care services via telemedicine, directly benefiting 3,066 patients on Oregon’s rural South Coast.

“Rural communities deserve access to affordable, easy-to-get health care,” Merkley said. “Telemedicine is essential for delivering care to patients across Oregon, and this funding for Southern Coos Hospital & Health Center stands to greatly benefit South Coast community members by expanding access to health care and keeping folks healthy. I will keep fighting to bring federal resources like this back to Oregon to ensure better health care services for all.”

“Quality and accessible health care throughout our state demands a menu of modern options,” Wyden said. “Telehealth is a key piece of that menu, and I’m gratified that Oregonians on the South Coast will get improved health care access from these telemedicine resources secured by Southern Coos Hospital & Health Center.”

“This telemedicine grant for Southern Coos Hospital & Health will help residents better access health care services. This will ensure that 3,066 patients on Oregon’s South Coast can receive medical services without having to travel long distances,” Hoyle said. “All Oregonians should be able to receive the health care they need, no matter where they live.”

The funding comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development, which supports rural communities across the nation with federal resources. The funds will be used to equip four hub/end-user sites throughout Coos County with essential hardware and tools for telemedicine, connecting residents to the health care services they need and deserve.