Today, April 19, U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell, AL-07, will join local officials for a press conference in York, Alabama to celebrate the $575,000 in federal funding that is on its way to Hill Hospital. This funding, which Sewell fought to secure in the Fiscal Year 2022 government funding package, will be used to make improvements to the hospital’s facilities and purchase new equipment. The investments made possible by this funding underscore Sewell’s commitment to supporting rural hospitals in Alabama which were hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.
For years, Hill Hospital has faced persistent challenges as it strives to provide comprehensive health care to the residents of Sumter County, challenges that have been magnified by geographic isolation, economic fluctuations, and the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding from today’s announcement will be used to improve the hospital’s facilities and purchase new equipment so that providers can continue to offer critical services to residents of this rural community who would otherwise be forced to travel long distances to seek care.
The funding for Hill Hospital is part of the over $8 million that Sewell secured in the FY2022 government funding package for community projects in Alabama’s 7th Congressional District. These projects respond directly to some of the most pressing needs in Alabama’s communities and will help reverse decades of disinvestment. Joining Sewell will be York Mayor Willie Lake, Hill Hospital Administrator Loretta Hill, and Hill Hospital Board Members. Sewell will tour the facility to see firsthand how the funding will be used. Following the press conference, Sewell will host a press availability in the downtown area of York to address the train blockage impacting York residents. Press are welcome to follow the Congresswoman from the Hill Hospital press conference to the train blockage site which is only several minutes away.