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USDA awards $ 50 million to Moab hospital for improvements

WASHINGTON DC (ABC4) – The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $ 50 million in combined funds in healthcare and infrastructure projects to help Moab and surrounding communities.

“Rural Americans need emergency response, hospitals and medical facilities, and USDA loans and grants are investing in critical infrastructure to make this possible,” said rural development secretary Xochitl Torres Small in a statement.

The Moab Regional Hospital will use the money from this investment to improve access to services, enhance privacy and enhance patient flow. Other improvements to the hospital include adding 28,540 square feet to the facility, which will expand the medical office building, clinic and surgery center.

Emergency and emergency care rooms will also be expanded to meet current minimum size standards by adding two additional rooms – a mourning room and a new ambulance disembarkation. The surgical area will also be modernized to facilitate patient preparation and recovery.

“The hospital upgrades will provide 9,225 rural residents with quality health care and create employment opportunities for Moab’s evolving population,” the USDA said. “Investing in this expansion of the hospital provides better quality care and hope for better patient outcomes for many years to come. “