DFD Russell Medical Center Inc., headquartered in Leeds, is one of 38 rural health care centers in 14 states to share $ 65 million from the US Department of Agriculture’s rural development fund.
The healthcare provider, which has clinics in Leeds, Monmouth and Turner, will secure a loan of $ 371,000 for essential facilities to renovate facilities in Leeds. DFD Russell’s three clinics serve 8,000 patients from 13 towns in Androscoggin and Kennebec counties.
In total, the USDA money will benefit more than 600,000 patients in rural areas of the country, according to a press release. Health care associations in more than a dozen states have received funding.
“Access to modern community facilities and essential services is essential for the growth and prosperity of rural communities,” said Bette Brand, assistant assistant secretary for rural development at the United States Department of Agriculture, in a press release. , adding, “When rural America thrives, America thrives.” “
Timothy P. Hobbs, USDA Rural Development Director for the State of Maine, said, “This critical funding to help DFD Russell Medical Center Inc. is a great example of how rural development can help. critical health care facilities in Maine. Rural communities depend on vital medical services, and our agency has loans and grants that may be able to provide hospitals and clinics with funds for renovations or lifesaving equipment. “
A psychiatric nurse practitioner has been added to the practice, and additional exam rooms and support spaces are needed to accommodate the addition, according to the release. The project will include the construction of new offices and a conference / training room at the Leeds clinic. Toilets will also be made ADA compliant. The renovations will allow the new psychiatric examination rooms and support spaces to be located on the upper floor of the building, close to other patient access spaces.
In October, DFD Russell and Central Maine Healthcare announced a partnership expand access to cardiovascular care in rural central Maine. The program, which was launched in November, allows doctors at the Maine Heart and Vascular Institute at CMH in Lewiston, about 20 miles south, to see patients at the Leeds clinic.
DFD Russell has been recognized by the Health Resources and Service Administration as the Health Center Leader – among the Top 10% of Best Health Centers – and the National Quality Leader for Heart Health and Diabetes, Laurie Kane said. Lewis, CEO of DFD Russell at the time. .