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St. Joseph's receives $306,230 grant for eCare

The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust has awarded St. Joseph's Area Health Services $306,230 for eCare, a program that gives physicians immediate access to specialty care 24 hours a day.

The grant will be used to purchase eEmergency equipment that connects local physicians with emergency specialists.

eEmergency ensures that board-certified emergency physicians and emergency-trained nurses are available to assist local providers in treating trauma, heart attack, stroke and other critical conditions.

"This incredible gift gives local physicians and healthcare workers an immediate connection to emergency specialists during difficult and multiple emergency cases," says Ben Koppelman, St. Joseph's President/CEO. "This assistance may initiate diagnostic testing sooner, and it keeps patients near their homes."

The Rural Healthcare Program of the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust began awarding grants in 2009. The Helmsley Trust has awarded more than $142 million in grants to nonprofit organizations in the region through the Rural Healthcare Program.

The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, established in 1999, supports a diverse range of organizations with a major focus on health and medical research, human services, education, and conservation.

To date, The Trust has announced more than $637 million in grants to charitable organizations since 2008.