Lexington, KY, Oct 19, 2012 -- USDA Rural Development State Director Tom Fern is in Warsaw today to announce funding for a new medical facility to serve residents in Gallatin and surrounding counties.
Triad Health Systems in Warsaw has been approved for a $1.55 million loan to construct and equip a new medical facility to meet current needs and expand health care services to a three-county service area comprised of Carroll, Gallatin and Owen counties. The funding was made available through Rural Development’s Community Facilities Program.
“USDA’s Community Facilities Program helps rural communities like Warsaw and Gallatin County obtain the services needed to attract business and create economic opportunities,” said Fern. “Triad Health Systems is to be commended for its commitment to providing quality healthcare to residents in Kentucky’s rural communities. Projects such as this provide needed infrastructure in rural communities and contribute to the Obama Administration’s continued efforts to improve vital community services.”
Adam Craft, CEO of Triad, expressed his appreciation to Rural Development and the Community Facilities Program.
“Triad Health Systems would like to thank Rural Development for their support of this project, which will allow the people of Gallatin, Owen and Carroll counties greater access to affordable, quality health care and it is greatly appreciated,” said Craft. “This new facility would be impossible without Rural Development’s ongoing support of greatly needed capital projects in rural communities.”
USDA’s Community Facilities program provides loans and grants for essential community facilities for public use in rural areas. These facilities include child care centers, hospitals, medical clinics, assisted-living facilities, fire and rescue stations, police stations, 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, nonprofit organizations and federally recognized Indian tribes.
More information about the Community Facilities Program can be found at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/Reports/rdCFReportMay31-2012.pdf.
For additional information on RD projects, please visit Rural Development’s new interactive web map featuring program funding and success stories for fiscal years 2009-2011. The data can be found at: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/RDSuccessStories.html.
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. President Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack are committed to a smarter use of Federal resources to foster sustainable economic prosperity and ensure the government is a strong partner for businesses, entrepreneurs and working families in rural communities.
USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, has an active portfolio of more than $172 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 America.
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