Over $1M going to TidalHealth Nanticoke for support
SEAFORD, Del.- TidalHealth Nanticoke is getting more than $1 million in CARES Act funding.
Delaware’s Congressional Delegation created the Provider Relief Fund for smaller hospitals in rural areas.
They said these hospitals have faced great challenges brought on by the pandemic.
The TidalHealth Nanitoke President said the hospital was left out of the first round of funding under the program, but with the Congressional Delegation’s help this year they’re receiving money.
The hospital said those funds will support all the additional costs that have gone into providing care for COVID-19 patients.
“It pays for supplies and then also with the national workforce shortage, especially with nurses and having to get additional what we call travel staff the dollars for that is so much higher than regular staff,” Penny Short, TidalHealth Nanticoke President, said. “Travel staff or the additional staff you get to support your own team is probably four times the amount pre-COVID.”
Short said many rural hospitals have had to close their doors because they can’t get the funding they need.