Thanks to an approved grant, Arkansas Methodist Medical Center has another $500,000 to work with during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

The Greene County Quorum Court has appropriated the funds received in a Community Development Block Grant for which it applied back during its May 18 meeting as a grant-in aid for health to the hospital.

At that time, Greene County Judge Rusty McMillon told the court of the availability of such grants, and that AMMC had been notified it was eligible for up to $500,000.

In making the case to the court for the grant application, hospital CEO Barry Davis had said that the hospital’s monthly “bottom line” is down about $1.5 million since the advent of COVID-19 restrictions, added expenses to set up an entire floor devoted to COVID-19 patients and reluctance of potential patients to seek treatment. “So this [grant] goes a little bit towards that,” he had said at the time.

The amount received was the full amount available.

The court also appropriated $19,677 the county had received in a COVID-19 grant to the election commission. The grant was to help cover the cost of protective supplies, equipment and contract labor for polling sites.

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