March 27, 2024

Duckworth Announces $2.5 Million in Congressionally Directed Spending for Medical Clinic Improvements in Flora


[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today announced $2,505,000 she secured through a Fiscal Year 2023 Congressionally Directed Spending (CDS) Request was sent by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Community Facilities Program to Clay County Hospital and Medical Clinics for the expansion of its Flora Clinic facility. This investment would help support a more than 5,000-square-foot expansion of the existing facility to allow for expanded group behavioral health services for seniors in the Clay County area.

“Our state and our nation are stronger when we invest in our communities and families—and that’s one of the things Congressionally Directed Spending allows us to do,” said Duckworth. “Expanding healthcare access in our rural communities is critically important, especially for seniors, and I’m proud I was able to secure this support for Clay County Hospital to help expand its Flora Clinic. Every family deserves high quality care, no matter their zip code.”

“Senator Duckworth 's vision and support for healthcare in rural communities is commendable,” said Clay County Hospital and Medical Clinics CEO and President Robert. R. Sellers. “Her support of this project has ensured the continuation of primary care, behavioral health, and specialty services well into the future for the residents of Clay County and the surrounding area.”

This project will help serve as an intermediary to mitigate risk of disease transmission for specialty clinic patients by offering them a segregated area to receive services away from the general clinic population. The area also allows for expanded group behavioral health services for the senior population, which are grappling with the harmful effects of seasonal illnesses. The space is also designed to handle any future pandemic outbreaks. In addition to the new space, the project also renovated 14,000 square feet of the existing clinic that accommodates both primary care and behavioral health.

In Fiscal Year 2022, Duckworth and U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) secured $211 million through CDS for Illinois and another $182 million for Illinois in Fiscal Year 2023. A map detailing where funding has gone throughout Illinois can be found on the Senator’s website.  The CDS process enables Members of Congress to allocate existing funding for specific local projects by units of government, nonprofit organizations and other organizations that meet strict eligibility requirements. Senator Duckworth works with an Independent Review Board to examine and evaluate worthwhile projects focused on building infrastructure, stimulating economic development and providing essential services for Illinois communities.

Applications for FY25 CDS projects are currently open, and more information can be found on the Senator’s website.