WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced $132,899 in federal funding to Southern Tier Health Care Systems, Inc. The grant was provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Distance Learning and Telemedicine program.
The funds will be used to purchase telecommunications equipment for a distance learning program. The equipment will allow Southern Tier Health Care Systems, Inc. to connect with four end-user sites in Salamanca, Cuba, Franklin, and Gerry. Through this program, Southern Tier Health Care Systems, Inc. will provide education for emergency response personnel and community services, including the Allegany Indian Reservation Volunteer Fire Department.
“This is a smart federal investment which will provide medical professionals in the Southern Tier with access to new lifesaving courses and certifications programs online,” said Senator Schumer. “These federal funds will also help the Southern Tier address the opioid epidemic and promote public health. I will continue to work to help ensure first responders have the tools they need to combat the opioid epidemic and…