Pictured above: Ribbon cutting at the Putnam County Health Department’s new fourth clinical wing expansion funded funded through the Putnam County Government and $615,000 from the capital improvement grant from the Tennessee Department of Health for a total of 1.8 million in improvements.

Grant programs are due to the Tennessee Resiliency Plan with oversight from the Tennessee Financial Stimulus Accountability Group

Cookeville Regional Medical Center’s (CRMC) continued efforts to expand, including the health care improvement projects planned for the Putnam County Health Department and Cookeville Regional Medical Center, were recognized by Tennessee’s Health Commissioner Ralph Alvarado, MD, FACP today.

The efforts are part of a broader plan by the Tennessee Department of Health in a statewide effort to expand Tennessee’s capacity to deliver quality health care services.

“Access to quality health care facilities and services is more important than ever in Tennessee’s local communities,” Alvarado said. “Leadership in both the public and private sectors is exactly how we improve the culture of health and health care in Tennessee and how our state becomes the model in the southeast U.S. for meeting the needs of citizens where they live, work, play, and worship.”

Funding – CRMC received $9.4 million in 2023 in grant funding.

In 2023, the Putnam County Health Department received a $615,000 capital improvement grant to support renovating the existing department’s facilities. Through the funding, the Department will build an additional wing to increase clinic space and access to services.

“The overall health and well-being of the families in Putnam County have always been the driving force in our efforts to serve the community,” Putnam County Health Director Lisa Bumbalough said. “Investing in community health and wellness advances health equity, meets the diverse needs of the community, and reflects the impact of performance excellence.”

CRMC also received $9.4 million in 2023 in grant funding through TDH’s Health Care Resiliency Program (HRP). CRMC will use the HRP funding for a complete demolition and renovation of its fourth and fifth floor west medical and surgical wings to improve inpatient services and increase bed capacity.

Both grant programs are due to the Tennessee Resiliency Plan with oversight from the Tennessee Financial Stimulus Accountability Group, a bipartisan legislative and executive branch committee charged with planning the use of federal funding available to states through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

“Cookeville Regional is thrilled to be adding additional patient beds to meet the needs of our growing medical center,” Buffy Key, CEO at Cookeville Regional Medical Center said. “The grant funding we are receiving allows us to better meet the health care needs of our patients and the community as whole.”

Tennessee received $3.9 billion in total ARPA funds, with $230 million committed to TDH for health care modernization and transformation projects.

Learn more about TDH services and programs at tn.gov/health.

Photo courtesy of CRMC.

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