Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communication Office
Expanded Hospital Services to be Made Available to Carroll County Residents

Press Release Date:  Friday, April 28, 2006  
Contact Information:  Brett Hall
Jodi Whitaker
Troy Body

Samantha Cook

Governor Fletcher Awards Carroll County Memorial Hospital with Funding

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher today presented members of the Carroll County Fiscal Court with $200,000 in funding from the Community Economic Growth Grant (CEGG).

Carroll County will use the funds to renovate a building adjacent to the Carroll County Memorial Hospital in order to expand the hospital’s services to include surgical services.  Carrollton also received a Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grant in the amount of $15,945 for the Point Park Development and Renovation Project. 

“The bottom line is simple – providing prompt health care services to Kentucky citizens outside metropolitan areas can literally mean a difference between life and death,” said Governor Fletcher. “This grant will help meet this critical need for the residents of Carroll County.”

This project will create 30 new jobs including surgeons, registered nurses, anesthesia staff, scrub techs, nurse aides, certified medical assistants and miscellaneous office staff with a combined annual wage of nearly $2 million. The project will also create estimated annual net revenues of nearly $1 million to be reinvested into further upgrades, new technology and expansion.  An agreement has been reached with the first surgeon to staff the surgical suite.

Senator Ernie Harris (R-Crestwood) said, “The demand for qualified health care individuals is on the rise.  Now, the citizens of Carroll County will enjoy a wider access to healthcare.”

Representative Rick Rand (D-Bedford) said, “Having surgery in a timely manner can mean the difference between life and death.  Thanks to this funding, many who live in Carroll County will be able to receive services much sooner than in the past.”

LWCF monies will be used to expand the picnic shelter, add grills and picnic tables, resurface a basketball court, install a water fountain and replace playground equipment at Point Park.

After the check presentation, Governor Fletcher signed a proclamation declaring April 17-21, 2006 as Community Development Week.  The Governor’s Office for Local Development will be commemorating the week with a variety of activities.

CEGG, which was established during the 2005 General Assembly as HB 267, provides nearly $10 million in grant funds to be allocated during the 2005-2006 biennium.  CEGG is administered by the Governor’s Office for Local Development through the Kentucky Community Development Office (KCDO).  The goal of the program is to provide flexible funding to support and encourage the economic growth and viability of communities within the Commonwealth.

Counties, cities, special districts and school districts were eligible to apply for this year’s funding. Monies can be utilized for construction, acquisition of property, equipment purchase, industrial site development, infrastructure and capital improvement projects.

The Land and Water Conservation Fund provides grant funds to protect important natural areas, to acquire land for outdoor recreation and to develop or renovate public outdoor recreation facilities such as camp grounds, picnic areas, sports and playfields, swimming facilities, boating facilities, fishing facilities, trails, natural area and passive parks.  The LWCF is funded by the National Park Service and administered by GOLD.