Wisconsin Rural Development State Director Frank Frassetto announced that USDA is investing $501 million in 60 projects to help improve health care infrastructure and services in rural communities nationwide through the Community Facilities direct loan program.
The project will enhance access and delivery of health care for an expanded regional area, providing crucial local health care options for patients who would otherwise travel more than 100 miles for care.
“This project will increase regional rural prosperity by enhancing accessible healthcare,” Frassetto said. “USDA is committed to partnering with rural leaders to create strong and healthy communities.”
This announcement complements the finalization of a partnership between USDA and the National Rural Health Association (NRHA) to identify issues causing financial strain on rural hospitals. NRHA and the Department will work together to identify management and financial indicators that impact rural hospital operations.
USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. For more information visit rd.usda.gov/wi.