USDA RURAL DEVELOPMENT CARING FOR THE HEALTHCARE NEEDS OF RURAL NEBRASKANS
Lincoln, Nebraska, Dec 18, 2012 -- Infrastructure investments in rural communities help create jobs and boost economic development. “Quality hospitals, schools and libraries are the building blocks for a vibrant rural America,” said USDA Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. That is true in Nebraska, especially with Critical Access Hospitals that serve our rural residents. Over the past seven federal fiscal years, USDA Rural Development has assisted 18 Critical Care Access hospitals in Nebraska, through nearly $197.5 million in funding. The Community Facilities funding came in the form of $64,851,000 in loan guarantees, $132,351,300 in direct loans and $250,030 in grants.