Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster

Representing the 2nd District of New Hampshire
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Kuster Joins Valley Regional Hospital Officials to Announce $19.4 Million Rural Development Loan

Nov 27, 2017
Press Release
**The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development loan will allow the 25-bed Hospital to restructure existing debt and continue providing vital health services to patients **

(Concord, NH) – Today Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) joined Peter Wright, President and CEO of Valley Regional Hospital, and other senior hospital and U.S. Department of Agriculture officials to announce that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development has approved a $19.4 million Community Facilities Loan to Valley Regional Hospital in Claremont. This loan will provide the hospital with significant savings and assist the parent company, Valley Regional Health Care, in acquiring certain hospital real estate assets, which will be leased back to Valley Regional Hospital. Additionally, the hospital is exploring using the savings to develop residential intensive treatment programs for people suffering from substance use disorders. As one of only twenty-six hospitals in New Hampshire, and one of only thirteen Critical Access Hospitals, Valley Regional Hospital has been in operation for nearly 125 years and provides a full range of emergency, rehabilitative and surgical services to patients.
“USDA Rural Development funding has been a critical resource for rural communities across New Hampshire, and I applaud the $19.4 million USDA loan to Valley Regional Hospital that will ensure that the hospital can continue to provide high-quality health care to patients in Sullivan County,” said Congresswoman Kuster.  “Access to rural health care is a challenge that faces many Granite Staters, and the funding provided through this loan will allow Valley Regional Hospital to restructure hospital debt and maintain critical health services. I’m encouraged that Valley Regional Hospital intends to use some of the loan to expand access to treatment for substance use disorder, which is critical as we continue to address the opioid epidemic.”
"We are thrilled to be a part of this incredible program, which will be instrumental in the sustainability of Valley Regional Hospital,” said Peter Wright, President/CEO of Valley Regional Hospital. “We greatly appreciate Congresswoman Kuster and Senators Shaheen and Hassan's strong advocacy, which played a big role in making this happen. We provide our patients with excellent care, and this award will allow us to strengthen our Hospital, by investing in new programs, while continuing to provide the right care, in the right place, at the right time."