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Mike Metkovich, Mt. Grant Hospital CFO; Hugh Qualls, hospital administrator and Richard Munger, retired administrator, display the Pennington Foundation Grant Award.

In early December, Mt. Grant General Hospital (MGGH) was notified by the William N. Pennington Foundation that its grant proposal for hospital equipment and infrastructure improvements had been approved.

Totaling more than $900,000, this grant funding will dramatically advance the level of services provided to MGGH patients and residents, enable much-needed facility upgrades, and bring innovative technology typically unavailable to small rural hospitals

All facets of hospital operations will be positively impacted by this windfall, generously made possible by the foundation, which provides grants to primarily Northern Nevada based organizations in the areas of education, community services, healthcare and medical research.

Equipment to be purchased include a state-of-the-art digital radiology machine, the latest generation of advanced portable x-ray devices, a cutting-edge lab diagnostic analyzer, and so much more. In addition, less flashy but needed items like visitor furniture, employee tables and chairs and new laundry equipment will also be in place in early 2018.

Residents of the Lefa L. Seran Nursing Home were not forgotten in the grant proposal. Upgraded bathing and shower facilities will soon replace tubs and stalls many decades old (a new whirlpool bath is also part of renovation). And coming soon to the streets and highways of Western Nevada, look for a shiny new bus for our nursing home residents. Equipped with the latest comfort and safety features, this bus will make out-of-town trips possible, such as doctor’s appointments in Fallon. A new wheelchair lift on the bus will ensure that no resident is left behind.

As many local residents know, MGGH was built in the early 1960s; amazingly, some technology and engineering systems installed that are still in use today—largely due to the regular maintenance they receive. Given their age though, these systems will soon be replaced, assuring patient safety and reliable operations well into the future.

This grant proposal effort was years in the making. A team effort by department heads, retiring administrator Richard Munger, his successor Hugh Qualls, and CFO Mike Metkovich, all dedicated to ensuring that Mt. Grant General Hospital continues to provide “a higher level of care” for many years to come.