Livingston HealthCare gets $49K for virus testing

Sam Klomhaus — Enterprise Staff Writer
Friday, May 22, 2020

Livingston HealthCare is one of 58 rural Montana health providers to receive a share of a $2.8 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration, to go toward coronavirus testing efforts, according to a press release from U.S. Sen. Jon Tester.

Livingston HealthCare’s share of that will be $49,000, CEO Deb Anczak said Thursday.

Anczak said she was incredibly happy and grateful for the grant, which can be use to fund coronavirus testing and related activities such as planning, procuring supplies, construction or training. 

“Additional testing is going to give us a lot of information as we navigate through this COVID situation,” Anczak said.

LHC is going to need a new, more permanent testing location, since they have been using the ambulance bay, Anczak said.

The limitation, Anczak said, it the actual availability of testing equipment right now, because coronavirus hot spots are being prioritized for equipment.

“We are evaluating the various types of testing offered out there — we want to identify the best solution,” Anczak said.