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WASHINGTON, DC -- Today, U.S. Rep. Harold "Hal" Rogers (KY-05) joined local officials and leaders from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) at the Knox County Hospital in Barbourville to announce a $23 million loan to sustain the hospital and secure the jobs it provides. 

"This loan confirms to the 250 employees at the Knox County Hospital that their jobs are secure," said Rogers. "And it ensures access to the quality health care that the people of this community need and deserve."

USDA Rural Housing Service Administrator Tony Hernandez said this was his first project since recently accepting his new role with the federal agency. 

"USDA is firmly committed to working side-by-side with the residents and community leaders of eastern Kentucky to improve the overall quality of life and economic opportunities of the region,” said Rural Housing Service Administrator Tony Hernandez. "Today’s announcements will result in greater access to quality health care and save local jobs important to residents and the economies of several eastern Kentucky counties." 

The low-interest USDA Rural Development loan will be used by the Knox County Hospital District to keep the hospital operational.

Rogers has served Kentucky’s 5th Congressional District since 1981. With a focus on economic development, job creation, fighting illegal drugs and preserving Appalachia’s natural treasures, he has a reputation for listening to his constituents and fighting for the region he represents. For more information, visit or follow Rogers on Twitter and Facebook.


Rogers Announces Aid for Knox County Hospital