$650,000 grant to provide GRMC with new electronic health record system
OAKLAND, Md. – U.S. Congressman David Trone (MD-06) met with officials from Garrett Regional Medical Center (GRMC) on Thursday to discuss the approval of a new electronic health record system as part of the Community Project Funding for Garrett County.
The $650,000 community project funding for GRMC will be used toward the purchase IT equipment and infrastructure that will support the installation a new electronic health record system – Epic EHR – which will be purchased by West Virginia University Health System and will replace the hospital’s outdated 20-year-old medical record system.
The new system will enable GRMC to connect more easily and seamlessly with West Virginia University Health System, to improve care coordination for the people of its service area. The new EPIC system will allow patient records from GRMC to be shared more quickly with specialists at WVU Medicine and other larger medical facilities.
“Congressman Trone played a crucial role in getting approval for the electronic health record funding we sought,” said Mark Boucot, President & CEO of GRMC. “Health record systems are very costly, and our existing system is becoming obsolete. Converting to EPIC will allow us to continue to grow services and better connect with the specialty providers our patients need.”
The funding was originally announced this past May by Congressman Trone, who helped secure $32.7 million for projects across Maryland’s sixth congressional district. The projects were approved by the House Committee on Appropriations and will be included in the fiscal year 2023 federal funding package.
“Garrett Regional Medical Center is a shining example of what rural health care should look like across the country, and President Mark Boucot has been a tremendous partner in delivering accessible, affordable health care to Western Maryland and West Virginia,” said Congressman Trone. “It was a no-brainer to support their efforts through $650,000 in Community Project Funding to bolster its emergency alert capabilities. With this funding, GRMC can continue serving as a blueprint for health care systems.”
Since clinically affiliating with WVU Medicine in 2015, GRMC has greatly increased the specialty care services available at its Oakland campus and transformed the hospital into a true regional medical center. GRMC now provides cancer care, urology and nephrology, dermatology, cardiopulmonary, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, and heart and vascular care services, among others.
For more information on Garrett Regional Medical Center, visit https://www.grmc-wvumedicine.org.