Wayne UNC Health Care recently received an $80,000 grant to help address needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The grant is part of a $750,000 appropriation from the legislature to North Carolina’s Southeast, a regional economic development partnership that promotes 18 counties, including Wayne, said Mark Pope, Wayne County Development Alliance president and N.C. Global TransPark senior vice president for economic development.

The funding came from North Carolina’s federal share of Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act funding that has been distributed to 13 hospitals in the region, Pope said.

North Carolina’s Southeast representatives recently presented Wayne UNC Health Care with the grant that will be used for pandemic-related needs, including telehealth services, ventilators, personal protective equipment and other related equipment.

The hospital’s use of the funding was implemented under guidelines and requirements set by the N.C. Pandemic Recovery Office and the N.C. Department of Commerce.

North Carolina’s Southeast region, which promotes economic development in its 18-county area, participated in distributing the hospital funding as part of an effort to support the economic needs of hospitals that have faced challenges during the pandemic, according to WCDA.