LAMAR, MO, December 30, 2013- The final bond closing for the new clinc addition at Barton County Memorial Hospital was held on 11-25-2013. The $3,000,000 addition was funded through a Community Facility Direct Loan from USDA-Rural Development. Community Facility Loans provide funding for essential public improvements to public bodies and non-profit corporations with substantial ties to the local community.
“Healthcare continues to be a topic of concern for many rural areas. The issues include affordability and access,” Rural Development State Director Janie Dunning said. “Barton County Memorial Hospital, with the new clinic addition, is responding to these issues by improving regional healthcare. Assuring quality healthcare is available and cost effective are critical elements in sustaining the viability and vitality of our rural communities. Congratulations and thank you to the administration of Barton County Memorial Hospital for recognizing and meeting the challenge of offering quality healthcare .”
“As a small rural healthcare facility it is important to our community that we have the facilities, medical staff and technology to provide the best healthcare possible. We work very hard to provide these services on a very limited financial budget with restricted resources. We greatly appreciate the opportunity to work in partnership with USDA Rural Development in expanding our medical office facilities; this allows us to continue to increase the services that we offer to our community and be better able to serve the need of our community for excellent healthcare. Without this partnership we would not have been able to obtain the resources necessary for this expansion,” stated Wendy Duvall, CEO of BCMH.
Rural Development’s main mission is community development in rural Missouri and improved quality of life for residents. This includes constructing facilities or creating new jobs, but community development also includes providing resources to improve healthcare.
For other examples of USDA investments in rural communities, please visit RD's interactive web map at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/RDSuccessStories.html. The map features program funding and success stories for fiscal years 2009-2011. For further information about Rural Development programs in Missouri visit the website at: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/mo.
This use of USDA Rural Development funding is another reminder of the importance of USDA programs from rural America. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack stresses that a comprehensive new Food, Farm and Jobs Bill would further expand the rural economy. He said that’s just one reason why Congress must get a comprehensive Food, Farm and Jobs Bill done as soon as possible.
President Obama’s plan for rural America has brought about historic investment and resulted in stronger rural communities. Under the President’s leadership, these investments in housing, community facilities, businesses and infrastructure have empowered rural America to continue leading the way – strengthening America’s economy, small towns and rural communities. USDA’s investments in rural communities support the rural way of life that stands as the backbone of our American values.
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