Washington, DC, Oct 28, 2010 -- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced community facility investments in four states that will create jobs and improve needed infrastructure in rural communities across the nation. Providence Medical of Wayne, Nebraska was one of the projects announced. The projects are funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act).
Providence Medical Center will utilize a $3.5 million loan to expand and
renovate the existing hospital. The physical therapy and wellness programs, currently carried out in the basement of the hospital, are limited on space as well as the outpatient/oncology department. The funds will construct additional space for the physical therapy and wellness center departments and expand hospital space for the outpatient/oncology unit. These improvements will help in providing quality healthcare to those it serves in Wayne and surrounding counties.
"These Recovery Act projects not only provide needed infrastructure in rural communities, they contribute to the Obama administration's continued efforts to create quality jobs and improve vital community services including health care," Vilsack said. "The Recovery Act is working. These projects, and others like them, are contributing to restore the American economy while improving the quality of life in towns and small cities throughout the country."
The $26.7 million in Recovery Act projects announced today will be matched with $1.2 million from other sources. According to estimates, approximately 630 jobs will be created or saved as a result of the projects. Funding of individual recipients is contingent upon their meeting the terms of the loan or grant agreement.
The USDA Rural Development's Community Facilities program helps finance essential community facilities for public use in rural areas. These facilities include child care centers, hospitals, medical clinics, public libraries, assisted-living facilities, fire and rescue stations, police stations, public schools, community centers, public buildings and transportation. Through this program, USDA ensures that such facilities are available to all rural residents. These funds are available to public bodies, non-profit organizations and federally recognized Indian tribes. More information about USDA Rural Development can be found at www.rurdev.usda.gov.
More information about USDA's Recovery Act efforts is available at www.usda.gov/recovery. More information about the Federal government's efforts on the Recovery Act is available at www.recovery.gov.
Contact Ken Shaw in Nebraska at (402) 437-5561 or firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information on the Community Facilities Direct Loan program.