SONORA, Jun 17, 2013 -- USDA Rural Development State Director Glenda Humiston announced today two loan guarantees to Tuolumne Me-Wuk Indian Health Center, Inc. to purchase a new medical office building and equipment. Humiston made the announcement today while touring the new medical office building in Sonora.
The loan guarantees totaling $854,655 will be used to purchase a two-story 7,183 square foot medical office building located across the street from their current facility, as well as purchase new medical and computer equipment. Due to an increased demand for health services, the Tuolumne Me-Wuk Indian Health Center, Inc. needed to expand. They will keep their current facility which will serve as their dental clinic, and will move the rest of their services across the street to the new facility. In addition, funds will be used to purchase new equipment ranging from tables and chairs to computers. Both loan guarantees were originated by Tri Counties Bank of Modesto.
"USDA Rural Development is committed to helping eligible rural communities obtain reliable emergency equipment and provided vital services," said Humiston. “These projects we are announcing today will help protect the health of residents and create a framework for job creation and economic growth."
USDA Rural Development's Community Facilities program provides loan guarantees, 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, non-profit organizations and federally recognized Indian tribes.
USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, has a portfolio of programs designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America. 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 $828 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.