USDA gives $2 million to improve two rural Wisconsin clinics

By: - July 26, 2023 5:00 am

A rendering of the new Upland Hills Health clinic in Mineral Point. (Upland Hills Health)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced Tuesday that two rural Wisconsin health care centers will be receiving $1 million grants to fund renovations and equipment upgrades to provide better access to care for thousands of Wisconsinites.

The Emergency Rural Health Care Grants, part of the American Rescue Plan Act, will be awarded to Upland Hill Health’s Mineral Point clinic and to the Reedsburg Area Medical Center, the USDA announced in a news release

At the Mineral Point clinic, the money will go toward constructing a new building that is accessible for people with disabilities to replace the current building, which was constructed in 1880, according to the USDA. The new clinic will include a drive-thru pharmacy, and the money will also fund equipment upgrades. 

“We are grateful for the USDA support that allows us to meet the growing demand for accessible health care in rural Wisconsin. The new Upland Hills Health Mineral Point Clinic continues our commitment to allow our patients to stay in their community for medical care,” Lisa Schnedler, president and CEO of Upland Hills Health, said in a statement. “Designed with our patients in mind, these modern facilities will better serve our patients now and allow for future growth to support community health, wellness and fitness.”

The Reedsburg grant will help fund a new clinic building and equipment upgrades as well as the implementation of new telehealth capabilities and behavioral health services. 

The two projects will increase health care access for 11,000 people, the release states. 

“These grants are making a direct and positive contribution to the health and quality of life of people living and working in rural communities,” USDA Rural Development Wisconsin State Director Julie Lassa said. “Not only do these investments mean that rural residents won’t have to drive as far and take as much time off of work to travel to get necessary medical care; it also means that we are modernizing critical health care facilities that are important economic drivers and employers in many of our rural areas.”

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Henry Redman
Henry Redman

Henry Redman is a staff reporter for the Wisconsin Examiner who focuses on covering Wisconsin's towns and rural areas. He previously covered crime and courts at the Daily Jefferson County Union. A lifelong Midwesterner, he was born in Cleveland, Ohio and graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a degree in journalism in May 2019.