SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (KMOX) – Over a half dozen Metro East hospitals are sharing some of $71.3 million dollars in state grants announced Thursday.

Announcing the “Illinois Jobs Now” program funds, Gov. Pat Quinn said, ”these investments create hundreds of good construction jobs while helping these hospitals provide better service to the thousands of patients they serve every single day.”

Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck, director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, says investing in hospitals is one part of creating better health care in Illinois.

The funds will be used for building renovations and equipment and technology upgrades. Memorial Hospital in Belleville gets $275-thousand for a new MRI machine. St. Anthony’s Health Center in Alton will get over $163 thousand for an electronic medical record system while St. Joseph’ s Hospital in Breese is in line to receive nearly $191-thousand for equipment upgrades and to repair it’s roof.

The complete list of area hospitals receiving grants is below.

Madison County

Alton Memorial Hospital, $132,025 for a new air handling unit.

Anderson Hospital, Maryville, $149,399 for a new emergency department canopy.

St. Anthony’s Health Center, Alton, 163,322 for an electronic medical record system.

St. Clair County

Memorial Hospital, Belleville, $275,575 for a new MRI machine.

St. Elizabeth Hospital, Belleville, $266,170 for patient room renovation.

Randolph County

Memorial Hospital, Chester, $173,600 to upgrade the emergency generator backup system.

Sparta Community Hospital, $187,685 to replace radiology and fluoroscopic equipment.

Washington County

Washington County Hospital, Nashville, $173,510 to construct a storage building and IT server room.

Clinton County

St. Joseph’s Hospital, Breese, $190,722 for roof repair and equipment upgrades.


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