Officials with the U.S. Department of Agriculture are in Gallatin County today to highlight completion of a community facilities project with Triad Health Systems.
Thomas G. Fern, State Director for USDA Rural Development, said the agency provided $1.55 million through its Community Facilities direct loan program to build a new healthcare facility that will expand healthcare services to residents of Carroll, Gallatin, and Owen Counties.
“USDA investments in health care have a tremendous impact on rural economies and we are making these strategic investments now to have a positive impact on Kentucky’s future,” said Fern. “Community Facilities projects are vital for the creation and maintenance of strong rural communities – and Rural Development is proud to assist such a worthwhile project.”
Prior to completion of the new medical center, Triad was working in space composed of two residential complexes. The new facility was needed to accoomodate the growing number of patients and streamline medical operations.
“Triad Health Systems would like to thank State Director Thomas Fern and all those at USDA Rural Development for the funding that made this new facility in Gallatin County possible. This building will allow Triad to continue to serve the residents of Gallatin, Carroll, and Owen counties in greater numbers and with greater efficiency, said Adam Craft, CEO/Executive Director. “It is also our hope that with this facility we will also be able to broaden the scope of services we provide the residents of this area. Those of us at Triad are incredibly excited about our new home and would like to sincerely thank Rural Development for making it possible.”
USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, administers and manages housing, business and community infrastructure and facility 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.
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.