News Release
Release No.STELPRD4020207
East Lansing, Apr 12, 2013 --

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USDA Commemorates Ribbon Cutting for Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital

EAST LANSING, April 12, 2013 – U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Rural Development State Director for Michigan James J. Turner today commemorated a ribbon cutting ceremony for Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital in Manistique.

“This is a long-term investment in improved health care for Schoolcraft County residents,” Turner said.  “USDA Rural Development is proud to see this project come to completion.”

The project replaced the previous structure, which was 63 years old. USDA Rural Development provided four direct Community Facility loans since 2008 totaling $24 million to support the demolition of the previous building and construction of a new 62,130 square foot facility.

The hospital provides primary and secondary acute care services, as well as diagnostic, preventative and emergency services on both an impatient and outpatient basis. This project serves 8,903 rural residents.

USDA Rural Development State Director for Michigan James J. Turner was appointed by President Barack Obama in 2009.  USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, administers and manages housing, business and community infrastructure programs through a national network of state and local offices. 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. Rural Development has an existing portfolio of more than $181 billion in loans and loan guarantees. Visit for additional information about the agency’s programs or to locate the USDA Rural Development office nearest you.

USDA has made a concerted effort to deliver results for the American people, even as USDA implements sequestration – the across-the-board budget reductions mandated under terms of the Budget Control Act. USDA has already undertaken historic efforts since 2009 to save more than $700 million in taxpayer funds through targeted, common-sense budget reductions. These reductions have put USDA in a better position to carry out its mission, while implementing sequester budget reductions in a fair manner that causes as little disruption as possible.


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