Stanly receives more than $950,000 in funds

Published 11:12 am Monday, June 1, 2020

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Stanly County has received more than $950,000 in federal government funds as part of the Health and Human Services Provider Relief Fund, which is part of the bipartisan CARES Act which Congress passed in late March.

The funds have gone to an assortment of different medical providers in the county. The data, which includes payments to healthcare organizations across the nation, can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website.

Twenty organizations and individuals received payments, which varied from more than $150,000 to a few hundred dollars. The total was $958,081. Stanly County received $151,172. That amount was received April 20 and went to the county’s Emergency Medical Services. The funding will be used to help cover PPE supplies for the EMS paramedics and to help cover decreased revenue due to the pandemic, according to an email from County Manager Andy Lucas.

Sixteen organizations and individuals in Albemarle received payment. The two largest amounts went to Hospice of Stanly & The Uwharrie, which received $163,211, and Trinity Place, which received $139,152.

“Trinity Place and other providers have been devastated psychologically, operationally and financially by COVID-19,” Executive Director Stephanie Herrin-Huneycutt said in a statement. “The additional funding will not make Trinity Place whole, but it will assist in providing hero pay to our teammate heroes who are risking their own health and the health of their families to serve our residents. It will assist in purchasing tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of personal protective equipment to protect our residents and teammates.”

The additional funding will also help staff continue to conduct temperature screenings and question people entering the facility, Herrin-Huneycutt added.

Dr. James Todd Williams, a dermatologist who owns several practices in the state including Dermatology and Skin Surgery Center of Albemarle, received $117,466 and Forrest Oakes Healthcare Center received $100,220. Neither location responded to requests for comment.

Another sizable amount went to Monarch, which has several locations throughout the state but whose headquarters is in Albemarle. It received $70,557. The organization “is directing that funding to support COVID-19 related costs associated with Hazard Pay for frontline staff providing services for people we support, for personal protective equipment (PPE) to ensure that staff can deliver services as safely as possible, and other unbudgeted expenses associated with our COVID-19 response,” said Laurie Weaver, vice-president of marketing and philanthropy.

Other groups and individuals in Albemarle that received payments include:

  • Western Carolina Emergency Physicians, which received $62,816;
  • Central Carolina Medical Associates, which received $30,898;
  • Hope Family Medicine, which received $27,294;
  • Dr. Thomas E. Dunlap Jr., who received $9,661;
  • Dr. James L. Marshall, who received $5,364;
  • Albemarle Women’s Clinic, which received $2,610;
  • Andrew Chiropractic & Acupuncture Clinic, which received $1,630;
  • Dr. Samuel E. Thompson, who received $1,419;
  • Dr. John Eckman, who received $778.

Two medical providers in Oakboro received payments totaling $10,779. West Stanly Imaging received $9,230 and Moose Drug Company received $1,549. In other parts of the county, Scotty Wayne Hinson in Oakboro received $15,735 and American Chiropractic in Stanfield received $778.

Atrium Health, headquartered in Charlotte, received various grants totaling around $193 million. Large portions of the fund went to Carolinas Medical Center, including almost $16 million distributed to Atrium Health Cabarrus. No specific amount was sent to Atrium Health Stanly and when asked if any of the funds were distributed to the hospital, Kate Gaier, a spokeswoman for Atrium Health, emailed that there are no “detailed breakouts available.”

About Chris Miller

Chris Miller has been with the SNAP since January 2019. He is a graduate of NC State and received his Master's in Journalism from the University of Maryland. He previously wrote for the Capital News Service in Annapolis, where many of his stories on immigration and culture were published in national papers via the AP wire.

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