East Lansing, Aug 20, 2013 -- USDA Commemorates Groundbreaking for Cassopolis Family Clinic
EAST LANSING, Aug. 20, 2013 – U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Rural Development today commemorated the groundbreaking for the Cassopolis Family Clinic. Paw Paw Sub-Area Office Team Leader Lisa Epple represented the agency at the event, which featured local leaders and U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow.
“This is an excellent example of how USDA Rural Development is working with partner agencies to improve access to health care for Michigan residents,” Epple said.
The agency is providing a $1.2 million Community Facilities direct loan to fund the project which is being combined with a $4.4 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services.
“Today’s groundbreaking is welcome news for families in Cassopolis and across Cass County,” said Stabenow, chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee. “For almost 50 years, the Family Clinic has served as the family doctor for so many residents in need of basic medical care. I am pleased that this brand new clinic will provide physical, mental, and dental health services to thousands of additional patients for years to come.”
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.
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