W.Va. institute gets rural health care grant

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Medical Institute is getting a $300,000 grant to help rural health care providers improve patient care.

Officials say the grant comes from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation.

The institute will use the funds to offer consultation and education to clinics, physician practices and hospitals seeking to achieve Patient Centered Medical status from the National Committee for Quality Assurance.

The designation requires implementing a wide range of standards that the committee says lead to higher quality, lower costs, and a better care experience for patients and providers.

In addition to the grant, the institute also is getting up to $150,000 in matching funds from the Partners in Health Network. The network which consists of 29 member organizations including small and rural hospitals.

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