Healdsburg among hospitals in line for health records funds

HEALDSBURG -- Healdsburg District Hospital is among 30 other rural hospitals that could be in line to receive significant funding for electronic health records through bond financing and grants from UnitedHealth Group.

The Minnesota-based group has identified 31 “critical access hospitals” in rural regions throughout the state that are in need of more modernized information technology systems and electronic records.

The funding will be made available through UnitedHealth Group’s California Health Care Investment Program, a 20-year, $200 million program for health care providers that serve a critical need. The same fund helped the Petaluma Health Center acquire its new, 53,000-square-foot building, which will become its base of operations, with a loan to the federally qualified health center of $5.87 million.

Of the 31 statewide hospitals identified, about eight to 10 will likely be selected for a $10 million bond offering that UnitedHealth Group will purchase at competitive rates, likely around 3 percent to 4 percent over three to five years, according to Steven Henry, director of UnitedHealth Group's California Health Care Investment Program.

Healdsburg Hospital has benefitted from the fund in the past, according to Evan Raynor, chief executive officer of the hospital and the North Sonoma County Healthcare District.


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