Grant to be used for Internet infrastructure

Oct. 31, 2012 @ 07:01 AM

RUTHERFORDTON — A grant from Facebook, totaling $15,000 will be used to help Rutherford Regional Health System (RRHS) connect with two of its subsidiary health clinics.

The grant, awarded to RRHS and PANGAEA will help build fiber optic connections between RRHS to PANGAEA's fiber network and to seven RRHS locations throughout Rutherford County. This latest award will assist is lying infrastructure to connect the hospital with Chase Family Care and Insights Psychiatric Resources.

This is the second grant that Facebook has awarded RRHS and PANGAEA, with the first coming in 2011 that helped connect RRHS to PANGAEA's network and to Rutherford Surgical Associates.

“We are thrilled that Facebook’s continued generosity will accelerate our community health care connectivity project in Rutherford County and allow the PANGAEA Internet/RRHS partnership to connect two more local health care facilities to the RRHS main campus using PANGAEA’s ‘speed of light’ fiber optic network,” said Ron Walters, executive director of PANGAEA, in a release.

By connecting these practices to the existing network, Rutherford Regional will be able to transfer 100 percent of electronic medical records securely between facilities.

“Through this very generous Facebook grant and our partnership with PANGAEA, we will be able to establish a more efficient process where patient information can be shared electronically from facility to facility,” said Cindy Buck, CEO of Rutherford Regional Health System, in a statement. “This will serve to improve the patient/physician experience and only add to our already high level of quality care. We are so appreciative to Facebook for their continued support of community health care and the connectivity required in providing that care.”