Cherokee County CML Telephone Cooperative Receives $300,000 USDA Grant to Help Fund New Ambulance Station | national news

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CHEROKEE, IOWA — The Cherokee Regional Medical Center will soon be able to build a new ambulance station thanks to a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture.

According to a recent press release from the USDA Rural Development Group: 12 Iowa companies have received more than $8 million in loans and grants for projects to strengthen medical services, develop the biofuels and to open a new child care centre.

One such company, CML Telephone Cooperative Association, based in Meriden, Iowa, is receiving $300,000 for a revolving loan fund. According to the release, this fund is intended to help build the new Cherokee Regional Medical Center station in Cherokee.

The majority of rural ambulance services nationwide rely on volunteers.

The National Rural Health Association (NRHA) reports that 53% of rural EMS units are staffed entirely by volunteers, compared to 14% in urban areas. A 2019 publication from the Iowa Department of Public Health indicates that 75% of Iowa’s emergency medical services are entirely volunteer-based and respond to approximately 10% of all EMS calls in the state.

Along with Cherokee County, Butler County, Greene County, Washington County and Wright County will also receive money under the program.

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