MaineHealth receives USDA telemedicine grant

Nov 22, 2019

Washington D.C. — MaineHealth, which includes Pen Bay Medical Center and Waldo County General Hospital, has received a distance learning and telemedicine grant of $473,739 from the USDA Rural Development program.

The grant will allow MaineHealth to create a telemedicine network to treat opioid disorders experienced by rural women and infants. The project will allow patients to remain in their homes, reduce travel costs, and improve health care. MaineHealth is one of six health care facilities in Maine that were awarded grants from the program.

USDA Rural Development State Director Timothy P. Hobbs said, “Quality health care and education in rural areas are essential to creating strong and vibrant communities in Maine. The distance learning opportunities provided by these funds will help thousands of students expand their horizons, while telemedicine technology will help improve health care access and support rural individuals and families in living longer, healthier lives.”

For more information on USDA Rural Development’s Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant Program, contact Robert Nadeau, program director, at 990-9121 or


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