Governor's Office for Local Development
Governor Ernie Fletcher Recommends ARC Funding for Frontier Nursing Service

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, May 03, 2006  
Contact Information:  Samantha Cook
Public Information Officer

            Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) today recommended for funding a $360,000 Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grant for Frontier Nursing Service.  Funds will be used for the Frontier Nursing Service-Mary Breckenridge Hospital Pediatric and Surgery Renovation Project.

            “As a physician, I understand the need for adequate and proper health care facilities,” said Governor Fletcher.  “The new facilities and equipment will provide better service to area residents.”

            ARC funds will be used to renovate the existing pediatric, medical and surgical rooms as well as to purchase equipment for the Mary Breckinridge Hospital.

             “Accessibility to quality health care is essential to Kentucky citizens,” said Senator Daniel Mongiardo (D-Hazard).  “This funding will increase the quality of care for individuals who visit the Mary Breckenridge Hospital.”

            Senator Robert Stivers (R-Manchester) noted, “The entire region will be affected by this project.  The citizens of Leslie and Clay counties will have the opportunity for high-quality care when they need it.”

            Frontier Nursing Service, Inc. owns and operates the hospital located in Hyden, Kentucky.  In addition to the renovation project, the hospital plans to purchase new beds for the entire hospital.

            “Health care is an issue that is currently being debated nationally as well as here in the state,” said Representative Tim Couch (R-Hyden).  “This grant will provide the region with better service.”

            Governor Fletcher is the current ARC States’ Co-Chair.  As states’ co-chair, Governor Fletcher is responsible for representing the 13 ARC governors before Congress and the Bush Administration; serve as a member of various ARC committees; and provide guidance on policy and administrative issues concerning the commission. 

            ARC is a federal-state economic development program used to meet infrastructure needs as well as to support education, workforce development, leadership and civic capacity building, entrepreneurship, asset-based development and affordable and accessible health care. ARC is federally funded and available to Kentucky’s 51 most eastern and south-central counties. Applications for ARC funds are submitted to GOLD.  The funding status of the project is pending approval from the federal level.