Posted 12/15/15 (Tue)
By Kevin Killough
A key piece of the financing for a new clinic in Ray is now in place.
Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., announced last week the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Agency approved a $600,000 loan guarantee for Northland Community Health Center.
Pat Butler, CEO of NCHC, said the announcement is great news for healthcare in the area.
“It’s a great opportunity for Northland Community Health Center. It’ll help us provide healthcare services to Ray and the surrounding communities,” Butler said.
The guarantee is part of the overall funding for the clinic and will be used on the renovations currently underway at the Ray Mall. When finished, the 4000 square-foot facility will provide medical, dental and behavioral health services.
Butler said the funding is part of the overall financial plan for the clinic, and the non-profit began applying for the support several months ago, but “it’s a long process,” Butler said.
In announcing the funding, Hoeven said the facility would be a key piece of infrastructure to improving life in this part of the state, helping to “ensure our citizens are able to access health, dental and other services that are essential to maintaining the high quality of life we expect in our state.”
In addition to the loan guarantee, the project is also supported with a New Access Point grant through the federal Health Resources and Services Administration, which was awarded last May.
The grant provides $650,000 per year for two years. If the clinic meets its objectives, the program allows Northland to apply for continued funding through the program.
Northland Community Health Center is a non-profit healthcare provider based in Turtle Lake. It currently operates facilities in McClusky, Bowbells, Rolette, Rolla, and Minot.