Hoeven Reviews Progress on New Heart Of America Medical Center in Rugby

Senator Worked as Ranking Member of Senate Ag Appropriations Committee to Secure $55 Million Federally-Backed Loan for Project

RUGBY, N.D. – Today, Senator John Hoeven toured the new Heart of America Medical Center (HAMC) in Rugby set to open later this year. Previously, Hoeven announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) had approved more than $55 million in USDA loans for HAMC to construct a new hospital, clinic and long-term care facility. That includes $50,243,000 in a Community Facilities Loan and $5,000,000 in a Community Facilities Guaranteed Loan. As ranking member of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, Hoeven oversees the funding for USDA Rural Development and worked to support HAMC’s loan application.

“Central to any vibrant community is a strong local economy and essential services, including access to health care. I commend the HAMC on building a state-of-the-art, lasting facility that will serve current and future generations,” said Hoeven. “Working together, we helped secure the necessary funding through USDA Rural Development to make this project a reality. I remain committed to this and similar efforts across our state to update and build new medical facilities for the health and well-being North Dakotans.”

HAMC currently operates a hospital, three clinics and a long-term care facility, with the hospital and original clinic having been built in the 1940s. Due to the age of the facilities, repairs and updates have become increasingly cost-prohibitive. HAMC is currently constructing a new hospital, clinic and long-term care facility at an estimated cost of about $50 million set to open in October 2024. HAMC was approved for a $50.2 million USDA Rural Development Community Facilities Loan and $5 million in a Community Facilities Guaranteed Loan.