Wednesday, Vice President Joe Biden was in Duplin County where a small rural health clinic received major funding from the federal government. Thursday, Pender Memorial Hospital announced it is getting $75,000 for upgrades. The grant is funded through the North Carolina Office of Rural Health and Community Care. The money will be used to update patient-safety equipment, and improve hospital security. Among other things, Pender Memorial plans to replace the main entrance doors with motion-activated sliding doors, install new interior doors to restrict access to some clinical areas, and replace and add handicap-accessible walkways. Pender Memorial administrator David Long said, "As we look at the population that we have the privilege to serve in and around Pender County, the goal is to make the care that we deliver as efficient as possible and do our level best to provide an environment that is as safe and as easy to access as possible. This really is going to help us do some fantastic needed projects at the hospital." Long said improving safety equipment for staff will benefit the delivery of health care to visitors.
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