The $230 million will be split across two grant categories, each with a focus on improving fundamental elements of healthcare.
The Tennessee Department of Health is on a mission to improve healthcare access and quality for the people of the state, and part of that objective is launching a $230 million grant program aimed at enhancing acute care hospitals and long-term care facilities across Tennessee.
TDH’s Healthcare Resiliency Program will launch on November 3, 2022, and award competitive grants to eligible applicants in two categories. The first is Capital Investment, and the second category is Practice Transformation and Extension. The goal is to expand patient capacity, upgrade practices and technology, and improve access to healthcare services in the state. The applications for Capital Investment grants— with $145 million in available funding—will go live on November 3, while the Practice Transformation and Extension grant applications—with $75 million in available funding—will be available on November 10.
"Improving the lives and livelihood of Tennesseans has been our commitment since day one of my administration," Tennessee Governor Bill Lee said in a statement announcing the program. "The Healthcare Resiliency Program is a fulfillment of our effort and a program where the impacts will be long-lasting and generational."
The grants are being funded through the American Rescue Plan, which passed Congress in March 2022, according to the statement. Tennessee has received $3.9 billion in these funds. In August of last year, the state’s Financial Stimulus Accountability Group dedicated $230 million in recovery funding to TDH for healthcare modernization and transformation projects.
"Quality healthcare is more important than ever to our local communities," Lt. Gov. Randy McNally said in the release. "This grant will provide healthcare improvements that will pay dividends in the present and for years to come. I greatly appreciate the work of the governor and my colleagues on the Fiscal Accountability Group for their work in making sure the State of Tennessee spends these grant funds appropriately and efficiently."
Amanda Schiavo is the Finance Editor for HealthLeaders.