THOMAS COUNTY —U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Kansas State Director Christy Davis announced Thursday that the agency is lending $108,249,000 to help Citizens Medical Center in Colby expand critical healthcare services, according to a media release from the agency.
On November 2, the community broke ground on a 184,000 square-foot replacement hospital and rural healthcare facility in Colby.
The new facility will incorporate operations of both the hospital-Citizens Medical Center- and family practice clinic-Family Center for Health Care-under one roof, according to a media release from the Citizen's Foundation. The new facility will encompass all currently available services plus additional capabilities that include future service expansions. The new facility will be located south of the existing campus.
The current facilities will be repurposed and remain as functional aspects of the organization.
“There is no better way to celebrate National Rural Health Day than to invest in our state’s rural healthcare infrastructure.” Davis said. “USDA is committed to ensuring rural Americans have access to reliable quality health care, like that provided by Citizens Medical Center.”