U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development State Director in Kansas, Lynne Hinrichsen, announced that the agency will be providing a $4.99 million loan to Ninnescah Valley Health Systems Inc. in Kingman, Kan., to renovate the Kingman Community Hospital.
“Kansans across the state want access to quality health care close to home,” said Hinrichsen. “USDA Rural Development is committed to assisting rural communities in finding innovation solutions for quality health care in the region.”
USDA financing will be used to renovate the 50-year-old Kingman Community Hospital and a medical arts building. A specialty clinic will be expanded, and the oncology department, admissions area and business office will be upgraded. This project improves functionality for staff and patients of the hospital.
USDA is making the investments through the Community Facilities Direct Loan Program. More than 100 types of projects are eligible for Community Facilities program funding. Eligible applicants include municipalities, public bodies, nonprofit organizations and federally recognized Native American tribes. Projects must be in rural areas with a population of 20,000 or less.
Nationally, USDA announced $139 million in 56 projects that were funded today to improve community facilities and provide essential services for 3.3 million rural residents in 23 states.
In April 2017, President Donald J. Trump established the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity to identify legislative, regulatory and policy changes that could promote agriculture and prosperity in rural communities. In January 2018, Secretary Perdue presented the Task Force’s findings to President Trump. These findings included 31 recommendations to align the federal government with state, local and tribal governments to take advantage of opportunities that exist in rural America.
To view the report in its entirety, please view the Report to the President of the United States from the Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity (PDF, 5.4 MB). In addition, to view the categories of the recommendations, please view the Rural Prosperity infographic (PDF, 190 KB).
USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov/ks.