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Boone hospital getting $31.8M federal loan

Oct. 04, 2012 @ 09:38 AM

MADISON, W.Va. (AP) — Boone Memorial Hospital is getting a $31.8 million federal loan to build a new hospital and clinic.

Sens. Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin and Congressman Nick Rahall announced the funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Wednesday.

A news release from Rahall’s office says the 78,700 square feet of new construction is needed because the current facility in Boone County was designed for medical practice in the 1960s and would be extremely expensive to renovate or remodel. It also says the hospital is energy inefficient, lacks needed storage, has inadequate environmental controls and outdated safety and security systems.