the United States Department of Agriculture will invest $360 million in the Medical West Hospital Authority to build a state-of-the-art, 200-bed hospital in McCalla.
The new Medical West hospital will serve more than 300,000 residents of rural western Jefferson County, rural Tuscaloosa County and other surrounding rural communities. The 405,186 square foot facility will include a 26-room emergency department, 12 operating rooms, eight labor and delivery rooms and eight multi-purpose rooms.
USDA Assistant Secretary Bronaugh Jewel said infrastructure funding will increase access to health care, education and public safety while stimulating community development and building strong infrastructure for people living in rural communities.
“These loans and grants will help rural communities invest in facilities and services vital to all communities, such as health care facilities, schools, libraries, and first responder vehicles and equipment,” Bronaugh said. . When we invest in essential services in rural America, we create opportunity and prosperity for people who call rural communities home.
Bronaugh highlighted 731 projects the USDA is doing across five programs that will fund essential community services to help rural America. These programs include Direct Loans and Grants for Community Facilities, Loan guarantees for community facilities, Technical Assistance Training Grants for Community Facilities, Community Facility Disaster Grants and Economic Impact Initiative Grants. The projects will fund emergency response vehicles and equipment, build or improve hospitals and clinics, and help fund other essential community facilities.
Bronaugh emphasized the critical role that Senator Richard Shelby of Alabama, vice chairman of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, has had to fight for additional funding for Community Facilities Direct Loans, which have made many critical rural infrastructure investments possible.
Awards are also given in Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Carolina North, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming and Washington, DC
USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunity, create jobs, and improve the quality of life for millions of Americans in rural areas. The aid supports the improvement of infrastructure; Business development; lodging; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed Internet access in rural, tribal and very poor areas. For more information, visit rd.usda.gov.