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OSF Healthcare to see portion of FCC telehealth funding

PEORIA (WEEK) -- OSF Healthcare is one of four health care providers statewide to see a portion of more than $1.5 million to improve and expand telehealth services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Peoria-based health care provider was awarded $943,644 for telehealth devices that provide video and telephonic connections between patients and providers -- with a particular focus on the low-income and hardest-hit areas in the community OSF serves.

A joint release from U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth said that Heartland Health Centers and Roseland Community Hospital in Chicago, and Covenant Living Communities and Services rounded out the list.

“This federal funding will help Illinois providers strengthen telehealth services, which have become invaluable resources during the pandemic, allowing more people to access care no matter their location,” Durbin said. “Senator Duckworth and I are proud to announce this funding and will continue working to improve access to health care services throughout Illinois.”

“Expanding the reach of Illinois’s healthcare network is critical to extending reliable care to more Illinoisans as we continue to respond to the COVID-19 public health crisis,” Duckworth said. “I’m proud to join Senator Durbin in announcing these federal telehealth funds to help our state’s health providers safely and accessibly serve their communities.”

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