WASHINGTON – Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) announced on June 30, that the Lake Okeechobee Rural Health Network (LORHN) would be awarded a Rural Health Network Development Program grant in the sum of $297,408. This grant, awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, can be used to “provide support for networks of rural providers to integrate administrative, clinical, technological and financial functions to improve health care delivery.” LORHN serves rural parts of Southwest Florida, including LaBelle, Clewiston, and other areas of Hendry County, which are located in Florida’s 25th Congressional District.
“Lake Okeechobee Rural Health Network (LORHN) provides resources medical professionals rely on to serve our rural communities. I am pleased to announce this grant for nearly $300,000, which will provide economic assistance LORHN can utilize to upgrade and expand its administrative, clinical, and technological operations. This grant will allow LORHN and local medical professionals to deliver a higher quality of care to its patients in Florida’s rural communities. I look forward to continue working with LORHN as they serve Southwest Florida.”