Black Canyon City, AZ, Jun 06, 2012 -- Black Canyon Community Health Center highlighted on June 4
National report on USDA federal funding of community facilities features two AZ projects
(Phoenix, AZ—June 6, 2012) USDA Rural Development in Washington D.C. this recently released a national report on community facility projects that includes stories on two Arizona projects. The report outlines the strides that have been made through the millions of dollars invested in essential community facilities for some of America’s hardest hit rural communities.
“USDA’s Community Facilities Program has played a vital role in ensuring that rural communities can compete in today’s economy by providing the tools and services necessary to attract and sustain economic growth”, said Dallas Tonsager, Under Secretary of Agriculture for Rural Development in announcing the report.
Arizona State Director Alan Stephens added that “last year in Arizona, USDA RD invested more than $11 million into essential community facilities in the state—projects such as medical centers, food banks, fire stations and community centers. This year, with months left in the fiscal year, we have already topped that amount by a million dollars.”
To celebrate the release of the national report, USDA staff made a presentation on Monday, June 4 at 11:30 a.m. to mark the Community Facility Program funding for the Black Canyon City Community Health Center.
Additional information on the project is attached.
Under Secretary Tonsager reported that since the start of the Obama Administration, Rural Development has helped finance more than 580 health care projects with loans and grants totaling $1.8 billion; 825 public service projects with loans and grants totaling $679 million; 950 education projects with loans and grants totaling $672 million; and 2,190 public safety projects with loans and grants totaling $458 million.
AZ highlights new clinic as part of Community Facility report announcement
USDA RD loan helps community health center meet critical needs for underserved in BCC area
Dr. Randy Hancock, Director and CEO of the Black Canyon Community Health Center, Inc. (BCCHC) has spent the last ten years of his professional life in a cramped 1,100 square foot building in the small desert town of Black Canyon City, AZ. His office has three desks crammed in—his, one for the other doctor and one for their Nurse Practitioner.
You get the distinct impression that Dr. Hancock worries more about his sick patients than about a tee time.
BCCHC is the only clinic around for miles and it works overtime to meet the basic health needs of the working class rural residents that make up the community. With an average household income nearly $20,000 below the rest of the state, most of the clinic’s clients are retired and on fixed income. “Some of our patients have to walk to the clinic,” said Dr. Hancock. “It’s really difficult if they need specialty tests or radiology and have to try to get to Phoenix.”
USDA Rural Development recently made a $1,512,680 Direct Community Facility Loan to help build a modern new clinic for Black Canyon City.
According to Dr. Hancock, the new facility will include a radiology department for x-rays and ultra sounds and a larger waiting room. “There have been times here at the old building where our patients have had to line up and wait outside,” he said.
Dr. Hancock says that another advantage will be that they will be able to arrange for visiting specialists to come to the area by providing modern exam rooms for them to use. “Many of our patients have to arrange for family members to drive them long distances to see a specialist,” Dr. Hancock explained. “If we could arrange to have those specialists come here periodically that would really save our patients time, money and anxiety.” The current building has three and a half exam rooms. The new clinic will have ten.
The terms of the loan, explained Dr. Hancock, were what made the project a reality. “We make enough to make ends meet,” he explained, “but it would have been very difficult to come up with a down payment.” USDA RD offers % down 40-year loans.
From the parking area of the existing clinic, one can glimpse the new Black Canyon City Fire station—also built with a USDA Rural Development loan. The land directly adjacent is the site for the new clinic. Dr. Hancock says they also own the land next to that plot. “Our dream is to build an assisted living facility there. It would lessen the burden for the families of those who need the care who may hesitate to send them to Phoenix, so far from home.”
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The Community Facility Report is available on the USDA Rural Development web site: