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WVU Medicine Camden Clark receives $4.3M in COVID funds

PARKERSBURG — WVU Medicine Camden Clark is receiving nearly $4.3 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds to compensate for expenses and lost revenue related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The office of U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., announced the award this week as part of more than $6 million allocated to a dozen rural health care providers in the state.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for West Virginia’s health care professionals to be prepared for any emergency that tests our state,” Manchin said in a news release. “Our health care providers have gone above and beyond to care for their fellow West Virginians throughout the pandemic, and I’m pleased these 12 providers are receiving support from the American Rescue Plan to continue their critical work.”

Camden Clark applied for the money last fall, and most payments were issued in December. But Camden Clark’s was delayed by about five months due to technical issues, said Kyle A. Pierson, vice president of finance for WVU Medicine’s West Region.

“These funds will be utilized to cover those costs and continue to care for those with COVID complications, as well as staffing and supply cost increases related to the pandemic,” he said. “Throughout this delay, Sen. Manchin’s office has been instrumental in connecting us with the appropriate parties at the federal level to ensure our application was processed.”

Pierson said Camden Clark, like other providers, “has been dealing with an extraordinary rise in costs associated with the pandemic, and the federal support has been a key part of us continuing to provide excellent care to our community during these unprecedented times.”

Pierson noted Camden Clark also has an application pending for assistance from Phase 4 of the federal Provider Relief Fund.

Camden Clark will receive $4,292,344, according to the release from Manchin’s office. The awards announced this week also include $369,257 for the Camden Clark Physician Corporation.

To date, West Virginia has received more than $129 million from ARPA Rural Fund payments.

Evan Bevins can be reached at ebevins@newsandsentinel.com.

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