USDA to disperse $1B for building rural community facilities
Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will invest $1 billion to build and improve community facilities in 48 states to increase access to health care, education, and public safety.
More than 730 projects will benefit from the USDA funding designed to spur community development and build sound infrastructure for people living in rural communities. The projects will finance emergency response vehicles and equipment; build or improve hospitals and clinics and help fund other essential community facilities.
Kimball Health Services hospital
In Alabama, Medical West Hospital Authority will use $360 million in Community Facilities program funding to build a state-of-the-art, 200-bed hospital. This hospital will feature a 26-room emergency department, 12 operating rooms, eight labor and delivery rooms, and eight multi-purpose rooms. This 405,186-square-foot facility will be strategically located to serve rural west Jefferson County, rural west Tuscaloosa County, and other surrounding rural communities.
Prosser Public Health District in Washington state will put $57.5 million in USDA Community Facilities funding toward construction of a new 25-bed critical access hospital at a 33-acre site. The existing hospital will close as an acute care hospital once the replacement hospital opens in 2024. Although the replacement hospital will not increase in number of beds, it will provide much needed expansion space for existing essential services such as the emergency department, surgical services, intensive care, and imaging.
Kimball County Hospital in Nebraska will receive $23.44 million in USDA funding to build a new facility that will provide up-to-date, private patient areas, as well as spaces that are more functional and attractive for the medical and support staff members. It will also provide space to bring additional specialized medical services. The new facility will accommodate visiting specialists for mammography, cardiac rehab, chemotherapy infusions, orthopedic procedures, MRI services, and expanded surgical options.