Nearly $32 million in federal funding is on its way to support construction of a new facility and a clinic at Boone Memorial Hospital.
"For almost five decades, Boone Memorial has helped serve the health needs of generations of families and I have been proud to work with them," said Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., in a news release on Wednesday. "This major financing is a needed shot in the arm for Boone Memorial, its dedicated workforce, and most importantly, the families they serve. Federal investments, like this, help raise the health and the quality of life for the entire region."
"Boone Memorial has been an important hospital serving West Virginians for decades, and it's great news that they are receiving this funding," said Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., in the same news release. "I have been working with Boone Memorial for years to get this project off the ground and to make sure that they get the resources they need to provide the best services for West Virginians, and they have done an outstanding job. I have known the hospital's CEO, Tommy Mullins, for years, and I know how dedicated he is to expanding access to health care in southern West Virginia, which is something I have always felt strongly about. We have been able to work closely to move this project forward and I greatly appreciate Tommy's hard fought efforts for Boone County and our state."
New construction is needed because the current facility was designed for medical practice in the 1960s. The funds are expected to be drawn from USDA as needed, with the hospital paying only interest through the construction period. Total cost of the project is $34.3 million.