Burns, Oregon, Jun 07, 2011 -- Harney County Hospital District will be able to purchase needed diagnostic and patient care equipment, thanks to a $148,334 loan and a $100,000 grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development.
“USDA and the Obama administration are committed to enhancing the quality of health care in rural America,” said USDA Rural Development State Director Vicki Walker.
The federal funds will go toward diagnostic and bariatric equipment, digital mammography conversion, and development of a swing-bed program, which will offer additional inpatient care for those needing extra time to heal before returning home. The purchases will also allow the District to hire another 3 employees, in addition to the current staff of 15.
Harney County Hospital in Burns, Oregon serves approximately 8,000 residents and is located 130 miles from the next nearest hospital facility.
“Support for high-quality rural health care is absolutely necessary to the vitality and prosperity of our small towns,” Walker commented. “I’m delighted that USDA can partner with our local communities to bring these critical services to rural Oregonians.”
The total cost of the project is $345,663. In addition to the $248,334 from USDA, $6,296 was provided by Harney County Hospital District and $91,033 was received in the form of gifts and grants.