Durbin, Duckworth Announce Federal Support Forillini Community Hospital To Expand Telehealth Services

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today announced that the Illini Community Hospital in Pittsfield, Illinois, will receive $115,000 from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to equip their Critical Care Intensive Care Unit (ICU) with telehealth services, providing medical care for up to 100 patients annually.

“Telemedicine can help to remove barriers many rural residents face when seeking care,” said Durbin. “These services were an important tool during the pandemic and it’s critical we continue supporting our medical providers to ensure quality health care is accessible for all Illinoisans.”

“Because of the COVID-19 pandemic we’ve seen how important and necessary telehealth services are for Illinoisans,” said Duckworth. “I'm glad that the Illini Community Hospital will be able to develop a Telehealth Critical Care Intensive Care Unit with help from this federal support so folks can access the care they need from where they are.”