Four hospitals in the Lakeway Area were awarded grants due to COVID-19, including $136,545 to Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System, according to Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee’s office.

Lee announced the final distribution of $10 million Tuesday in Small and Rural Hospital Readiness Grants to support smaller hospitals that are facing financial strain due to the ongoing response to COVID-19.

“Our small and rural hospitals play a critical role in their communities, providing both necessary care to patients and good-paying jobs to residents, and we’re proud to support these hospitals through such unprecedented times,” Lee said. “We’ll continue to work with hospitals across our state and the federal government to ensure hospitals have the resources they need to maintain operations and serve their communities well.”

Spread across 29 hospitals in 28 counties, the grants help smaller hospitals bridge funding gaps created by reduced patient volumes while federal funds become available. Applicants were required to demonstrate that they are actively pursuing available federal relief. Grants were capped at $500,000.

Besides MHHS, Hancock County Hospital received $500,000, Hawkins County Memorial Hospital received $250,000 and Claiborne Medical Center received $136,545.

Hancock County Hospital received the maximum amount allowed under the grant, but is the only county in the state who has yet recorded a single case of COVID-19.