DICKINSON (AP) - The U.S. Agriculture Department is providing a $15 million loan to help build a new hospital and clinic in the southwestern North Dakota city of Bowman.
The Dickinson Press reports that the low-interest loan represents more than half the cost of a project that is expected to have a price tag of $25 million and will include a new Southwest Healthcare Services facility for the growing community.
Jasper Schneider, state director for USDA Rural Development, says growth in southwestern North Dakota was a leading factor in the decision to approve money for the project. He says Southwest Healthcare has seen a growing demand for medical services in Bowman due to the oil boom and an aging population.
The project will replace existing Southwest Healthcare facilities.