WASHINGTON, D.C.- Funding to rebuild the Winston County Medical Center in Louisville was approved by the United States Department of Agriculture.
U.S. Senator’s Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker announced that $2.0 million, with zero-interest in a federal loan, will go to the medical center after it was destroyed in a tornado two years ago.
The USDA approved the Rural Economic Development Loan Program application that was submitted by the Meridian-based East Mississippi Electircal Power Association. This will be an ongoing partnership to ensure the rebuild and upkeep of the Winston County medical complex. The tornado that destroyed the complex happened on April 28, 2014.
“I’m proud to see the progress that has been made since the 2014 tornado in Winston County. It’s important that effort continues with the rebuilding of the Winston County Hospital and the infrastructure needed to offer much-needed medical services to constituents,” said Representative Trent Kelly.
The loan is part of an overall effort to finance recovery projects.
“Rebuilding this medical center will benefit the people of Winston County, not only by providing health-care services but also by bringing in new jobs for the community,” Wicker said.” We continue to push ahead toward the full restoration of what was lost during the devastating tornadoes in 2014. This is a major advancement in this effort.”
The rebuilt center is expected to have 226 employees, and create an additional 15 jobs in Louisville. It is expected to be up and running by 2017.