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AGRICULTURE SECRETARY TOM VILSACK HAS ANNOUNCED FUNDING FOR 52 DISTANCE LEARNING AND TELEMEDICINE PROJECTS THAT WILL INCREASE ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE AND ENHANCE EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES IN 29 STATES. FOUR NEBRASKA EDUCATIONAL AND HEALTH CARE INSTITUTIONS RECEIVED A TOTAL OF MORE THAN $969,000 FOR DISTANCE LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES.  NEBRASKA RECIPIENTS INCLUDE THE     GOOD SAMARITAN HOSPITAL FOUNDATION KEARNEY WITH A GRANT OF $253,345 DOLLARS.  THESE FUNDS WILL BE USED BY GOOD SAMARITAN HOSPITAL FOUNDATION TO EXPAND TELEMEDICINE SERVICES TO CENTRAL NEBRASKA AND KANSAS THROUGH THE MIDWEST TELEHEALTH NETWORK. THE ADDITIONAL EQUIPMENT WILL INTRODUCE EIGHT MORE LOCATIONS, PROVIDING VIDEO END POINTS FOR THESE RURAL CLINICS TO CONNECT TO THE TELEMEDICINE NETWORK. PATIENTS ACCOMPANIED BY THEIR RURAL CLINICIANS AND DOCTORS WILL BE ABLE TO LINK TO GOOD SAMARITAN AND OTHER LARGER HOSPITALS FROM THEIR REMOTE LOCATION AND RECEIVE ONE-TO-ONE CONSULTATION, MEDICAL TRAINING, AND HEALTH CARE COORDINATION.