U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and U.S. Representative Lincoln Davis (D-Tenn.4) today announced $245,000 in funding for the Jellico Community Hospital (JCH) from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC). With these funds and an additional $105,000 from local sources, JCH will improve and expand preventative screening services to help reduce incidence of chronic disease in Campbell County.
“These improvements to the Jellico hospital will improve health care for Campbell County residents by helping to detect health problems earlier,” Senator Alexander said. “ARC’s continued investment in our rural communities is bringing a better way of life to many Tennesseans.”
“This funding for Jellico Community Hospital will help improve and expand access to critical preventative screening for needy residents in Campbell County. At a time when the economic crisis is forcing families to make difficult choices, facilities like the JCH provide much needed care to the uninsured and disadvantaged in the community,” Senator Corker said. “I appreciate the ARC’s investment in the health and welfare of citizens in Campbell County and throughout the Appalachian region.”
“Unique partnerships like this are crucial in delivering essential services, whether it’s healthcare, transportation or other basic infrastructure needs to rural regions of our country,” said Congressman Davis. “With these funds, the nonprofit JCH will be able to upgrade outdated equipment that will benefit thousands of area residents by helping reduce and eliminate chronic diseases.”
JCH serves Campbell County and neighboring Whitley and Laurel Counties in Kentucky, providing health care services to patients regardless of the ability to pay. JCH will use this grant funding to replace aging x-ray equipment with portable x-ray and digital mammography machines. The new equipment will allow JCH to treat more patients and help improve the diagnosis of chronic diseases. More than 2,000 patients are expected to be screened with the new equipment in the first year.
The ARC is a federal-state partnership that supports economic development and improved quality of life in Appalachia. Appalachia, as defined in the legislation from which the ARC derives its authority, is a 200,000-square-mile region that follows the spine of the Appalachian Mountains from southern New York to northern Mississippi. It includes all of West Virginia and parts of 12 other states: Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. About 23 million people live in the 410 counties of the Appalachian Region; 42 percent of the Region's population is rural, compared with 20 percent of the national population.
The Tennessee counties included as part of the ARC include: Anderson, Bledsoe, Blount, Bradley, Campbell, Cannon, Carter, Claiborne, Clay, Cocke, Coffee, Cumberland, De Kalb, Fentress, Franklin, Grainger, Greene, Grundy, Hamblen, Hamilton, Hancock, Hawkins, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Knox, Lawrence, Lewis, Loudon, McMinn, Macon, Marion, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Overton, Pickett, Polk, Putnam, Rhea, Roane, Scott, Sequatchie, Sevier, Smith, Sullivan, Unicoi, Union, Van Buren, Warren, Washington, and White.