Angel Medical Center, along with the Town of Franklin, recently received funds from the state that have spurred job growth and broadened local access to health care.
The grants were matched with an equal amount of funds by the hospital for renovations, in order to be eligible to receive 50 percent toward job creation. The renovations and job creation would be a benefit to the tax base for the Town of Franklin.
Angel Medical Center did extensive renovations to the Medical Office Building at 56 Medical Park Drive and was able to create 5 new positions for a total of $60,000 in funding from the North Carolina Rural Healthcare Initiative Grant Program. “Because we spent $131,000 on renovations, we were able to employ five new employees, and that’s where the $60,000 comes from,” said AMC spokesperson Bonnie Peggs. “You have to do this grant in conjunction with a government or town. We did it in collaboration with the Town of Franklin.”
The North Carolina Rural Healthcare Initiative grant program reimbursed the hospital for half the value of renovations made to one of its facilities. For every position created, the hospital was initially allotted $12,000 to pay each employee. The renovations to the Medical Office Building were completed in November of 2010.
The Rural Healthcare Initiative is designed to spur economic activity and job creation by assisting in the construction and expansion of healthcare facilities with priority being given to small towns with a population of fewer than 5,000 and unincorporated areas.
Because Macon County has been classified as a “medically underserved area”, AMC qualified for the program. “This means better access to good physicians,” said Peggs. “It’s a huge plus for us.”