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Embassy of the United States of America Kolonia Public Affairs Section P.O. Box 1286 Kolonia, Pohnpei, FM 96941 Telephone: (691) 320-2187 Fax: (691) 320-2186 Email: usembassy@mail.fm

November 30, 2009

On November 25, the Pohnpei State Hospital hosted a handing-over ceremony for a new ambulance acquired through a U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development (USDA-RD) Economic Impact Initiative (EII) Grant. The $40,425 award was the first EII Grant given to Pohnpei State under the USDA-RD Community Facilities Program.

During the ceremony, Pohnpei State Lieutenant Governor Churchill Edward pointed to the new ambulance as a physical "testament of the partnership between USDA-RD and Pohnpei State." Pohnpei State Department of Health Services Dr. Elizabeth Keller thanked USDA – RD for its "commitment to helping Pohnpei provide top-rate health services."

Under the Community Facility Grant Program, USDA-RD provides financial support for emergency service providers, disaster assistance agencies, and other first responders. According to USDA-RD FSM Area Director Gary Bloom, "USDA-RD is committed to the future of Rural Communities and is proud to have worked with our Partner-in-Progress, the Pohnpei State Government, to facilitate delivery to the Pohnpei State Hospital this critical medical asset." USDA-RD commended Pohnpei State Department of Health Services Director Keller and Administrative Officer Jethro Poll for their tireless efforts to bring the ambulance project to fruition.

Wednesday’s event also served as the certificate ceremony for participants in CPR training sponsored by MAHI International. Over 120 individuals from the Pohnpei Department of Health Services, Port Authority, and Public Safety participated in the training and received their CPR certification from the American Heart Association. The drivers for the hospital’s new ambulance were among those who took the course and received their certifications.

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