“As the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are better understood and the healthcare industry moves toward stability, the need to invest in rural hospital facilities to provide safe spaces for patients and staff alike is increasingly apparent. Rural hospital leaders are recognizing the importance of facility investment and the need to access the capital required to support their longer-term strategy including the ability to recruit and retain staff.”


Impact on Rural Development

“The USDA Community Facilities (CF) program—an initiative under USDA-Rural Development (RD)—offers a tremendous opportunity for rural healthcare providers to take the next step by investing in facilities that reposition them as a provider of choice within their community, particularly for outpatient and ambulatory services. This is accomplished by decreasing outmigration to neighboring, typically larger, health systems and providing an enhanced service program that keeps more local healthcare dollars local.”