Please refresh your browser and scroll down to view our articles and photos. Thank you for your visit.
banner of news section


USDA Invests More Than $1 Billion to Improve Health Care in Rural Areas

California farm land


Published Sunday, November 19, 2017

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced on November 17, 2017, that USDA provided more than $1 billion in Fiscal Year 2017 to help improve access to health care services for 2.5 million people in rural communities in 41 states.

“USDA invests in a wide range of health care facilities – such as hospitals, clinics and treatment centers – to help ensure that rural residents have access to the same state-of-the art care available in urban and metropolitan areas,” Perdue said. “I understand that building a prosperous rural America begins with healthy people. Ensuring that rural communities have access to quality medical care is a top priority for USDA.”

USDA invested in 97 rural health care projects that served 2.5 million people in Fiscal Year 2017 through the Community Facilities Direct Loan Program. The loans can be used to fund essential community services. For health care, this includes constructing, expanding or improving health care facilities such as hospitals, medical clinics, dental clinics and assisted-living facilities, as well as to purchase equipment. Public bodies, non-profit organizations and federally recognized tribes in rural areas and towns with up to 20,000 people are eligible for these loans.

USDA financed Community Facilities direct loan projects in the following states: Alaska, Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

The following are a few examples of rural health care projects that USDA funded during FY 2017:

Funding from USDA’s Community Facilities Direct Loan program is playing a major role in Ontario, Ohio. Avita Health System received $91.4 million to transform a vacant section of a shopping mall into a state-of-the-art hospital that provides vital health care, including substance use disorder treatment and mental health services. These services are essential for Ohio communities that have been affected by the opioid epidemic in recent years. The hospital, which opened in March 2017, serves more than 124,000 rural residents in Richland and Crawford counties.

In addition to health care, the new hospital is providing an economic boost in the form of good-paying, rural-based jobs. It has also been a lifeline to struggling stores and businesses by increasing foot traffic (and therefore business) in what had been a dying shopping mall that struggled after the closure of one of its major anchor stores.

USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; homeownership; community services such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas.

end ribbon

Quote of the Day:
"Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts."

Featured Articles

California Wine 2017 Harvest Report
Innovation Helps Vegetable Farmers Maintain Markets
Fresh Asparagus Soup with Coconut Milk
California Wine Exports Reach Record $1.62 Billion in 2016
Light & Delicious Homemade French Onion Soup
Tomato Growers Evaluate Domestic, Export Markets

 


Home About Us Terms of Use Privacy Pledge


Website Design & Web Content Copyright © 2017 Sunburst Worldwide Enterprises. All Rights Reserved. Warning: All of the pages on this online magazine are the intellectual property of Sunburst Worldwide Enterprises and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws. Reproduction by any means or for any purpose is not allowed without the express written permission of the copyright owner. Plagiarism is a theft.
ExperienceCentralCalifornia.com is an online publication of Sunburst Worldwide Enterprises. By using this site, you agree to our Terms and Conditions of Use.