USDA-Rural Development is improving the lives of the residents of Jasper County, Indiana by presenting a $15 million Community Facilities low interest loan to the Jasper County Hospital. The funds will be used to provide new surgery and outpatient services.
Indiana USDA Rural Development State Director Phil Lehmkuhler said, “The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds awarded to Jasper County Hospital further demonstrate the Obama Administration’s unyielding efforts to improve the quality of life for rural residents by ensuring that rural communities benefit from quality public facilities such as hospitals, courthouses, and health centers.”
The Jasper County Hospital dates back to 1960’s construction with additions in 1971 and 1983. The current operating rooms are about 50 years old.
The project will construct a new 24,000 sq. ft. addition on two levels and renovate approximately 9,000 sq. ft., create a permanent MRI scan room, six new operating room surgical suites, provide areas for a sleep lab, oncology treatment, medical records, and office space. Additionally, the funds will be used to purchase needed equipment for operating rooms as well as for other areas in the hospital.
President Obama signed the Recovery Act into law just over a year ago.
The west end construction site of the Jasper County Hospital in Indiana was fenced off in April.
Jasper County Hospital officials receive a Certificate of Appreciation from USDA Rural Development Indiana State Director Phil Lehmkuhler (left).