Topeka, KS, May 04, 2012 -- The Medicine Lodge Memorial Hospital received a boost from USDA Rural Development today, which provided the hospital with a $4.5 million loan to update its 60-year-old facility and add a 17,350 square-foot expansion.
“Access to quality healthcare in rural areas is essential to the quality of life for rural residents and USDA Rural Development plays an important role in financing healthcare related projects,” said USDA Rural Development State Director Patty Clark. “As rural healthcare facilities in the state continue to age, we will work with healthcare providers to finance innovative healthcare projects that meet the needs of rural Kansas.”
Expansion to the Medicine Lodge Memorial Hospital will include a new four-bed emergency room, radiology services, and administration offices. Renovations to the hospital include larger patient rooms; installing a fire sprinkler system and upgrading the emergency power system; improvements to the x-ray and long-term care departments; updating the cafeteria, pharmacy, outpatient surgical clinic, and office space; and replacing the heating and cooling units in the renovated areas.
“The hospital renovation and expansion will allow us to provide additional services to our patients, and provide them with a more private and inviting facility,” stated Medicine Lodge Memorial Hospital Administrator Kevin White. “Hospital space will be better utilized in the updated facility allowing staff to be more efficient, as well as bringing the hospital into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other required codes.”
Nearly $11 million will be invested in the hospital expansion and renovation project, which includes a $4.5 million USDA Rural Development Community Facilities direct loan. The remaining financing will come from the public building commission and the hospital. Medicine Lodge Memorial Hospital currently employs 110 employees.
Since 2008, USDA Rural Development has awarded nearly $65 million in financial assistance to more than 72 community facilities projects in Kansas including: hospitals, healthcare office buildings, clinics, mental health facilities, nursing homes, daycare facilities, fire stations, law enforcement centers, libraries and senior citizens centers.
USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, administers and manages housing, business and community infrastructure and facility programs through a national network of state and local offices. Rural Development has an active portfolio of more than $165 billion in loans and loan guarantees. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural areas.
For additional information regarding this and other USDA Rural Development programs visit the Agency’s website http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/KS, or call the Agency’s state office at 785-271-2700.