Congressman Jason Smith announced a grant last week to assist with updating the surgery wing at Texas County Memorial Hospital.

Funding of $150,000 from the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) will assist with updates for the 6,000 square-foot section of the hospital.

“Access to quality healthcare is one of the toughest obstacles we face in rural Missouri, but this grant money is going to help improve those options to people in Texas County,” said Smith. “Investments like these are exactly why Congress created the Delta Regional Authority, and it can do a great deal of good right here. The services that are going to be offered can make a huge difference not only for families in the community, but could also provide life-saving opportunities when time is of the essence.”

Established in 2000 by Congress, DRA makes strategic investments of federal appropriations into the physical and human infrastructure of Delta communities. The DRA works directly with Congress to identify priorities throughout the 252 counties which make up the Delta Region.

In Missouri’s 8th Congressional district – one of the poorest in the nation – 29 of the 30 counties qualify for DRA investments.

The $150,000 investment to improvements at TCMH is a part of a $6.7 million allocation in new investments announced by the DRA in an effort to strengthen Missouri’s infrastructure and economy.

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