U.S. Department of Agriculture Funding will support local hospital and improve traffic safety
WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) announced $43 million in federal loans from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to Midwest Medical Center in Galena, Illinois.
The funding comes from the USDA’s Office of Rural Development, and these low-interest loans allow Midwest Medical Center to continue providing high-quality health care to the community of Galena. 80 rural hospitals have closed since 2010, making access to affordable financing, like that offered by USDA, more important than ever.
The funding will also be used to construct new traffic safety infrastructure around the hospital, including a new entrance to the facility.
“Our small and rural communities need access to high-quality health care. Midwest Medical Center provides that for Galena and the surrounding area and is an important part of the local economy,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos.“These loans allow the Center to continue to serve the community and enhance the important services they provide. Traffic safety around the hospital has long been a concern. Improvements to the nearby highway as well as the construction of a new turn lane will ensure that patients can now enter the hospital safely. I was proud to help Midwest Medical Center secure this funding and look forward to their continued service to our region.”
Midwest Medical Center opened on December 5, 2007, but its only entrance is a service road. Proximity to the intersection of Highway 20 and W. Norris Lane has led to several collisions as drivers attempt to enter and exit the hospital. Improvements to Highway 20, including the addition of a designated turn lane, will prevent future traffic accidents.
The only hospital in Jo Daviess County, Midwest Medical Center has 260 employees and had 27,000 patient visits to its hospital and clinics in Fiscal Year 2017. Galena-Stauss Senior Care provided 28,000 days of care to its clients. The interest savings from these federal loans will allow Midwest Medical Center to expand its services to nearby communities.