PORTLAND, Ore. (KTVZ) – The US Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is investing $ 5.5 million with a loan to La Pine Community Health Center, a nonprofit health clinic that provides access to Essential primary care for underserved areas of central Oregon, State Director John Huffman announced Thursday.
“In rural communities, residents often have limited options for accessing health care, so maintaining existing clinics is critical,” Huffman said. “This funding will ensure that affordable primary care services will continue to be available to a large number of remote residents of central Oregon.”
the La Pine Community Health Center provides primary health care services to the rural town of La Pine, north to Sunriver, south to Crescent and east to Christmas Valley.
The health center is located in a 19,558 square foot building, which was constructed in 1995 and renovated in 2016. The facility serves the needs of the clinic by providing offices, examination rooms, a laboratory and a waiting room, with parking located on the property for customers and employees.
The facility also includes space for two private businesses, a pharmacy and a physiotherapy office, which sublet the space. However, the nonprofit did not own the facility and its rental costs were subject to change.
With the help of a $ 5.5 million loan provided by USDA Rural Development, La Pine Community Health Center bought the installation, stabilizing her financial obligations by locking in her real estate expenses and helping her plan for the future.
This investment will ensure that the more than 22,000 residents of the clinic’s rural service area will continue to have access to quality and affordable health care for years to come, Huffman said.
Funding is provided by USDA Community facilities program and is subject to the borrower’s compliance with the terms of the loan agreement.
This program provides loans and grants to build or repair essential community facilities such as hospitals and schools in rural areas of 20,000 people or less. The funding can also be used to purchase equipment for these facilities.
Public bodies, non-profit organizations and federally recognized tribes are eligible. Applications are accepted year round.
USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This aid supports the improvement of infrastructure; Business development; housing, community facilities such as schools, public safety and health facilities; and high-speed Internet access in rural areas. Learn more about www.rd.usda.gov/ou.