A federal contractor for Oregon Health & Science University will receive a total of $1,600,000 from the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for an animal hospital project, including $1 million in funding for animal care.
The agency said in a statement Monday that the contract was awarded to the Salem Hospital, a nonprofit in Salem, Oregon, on Sept. 11, and awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Salem is the largest city in the state and the site of the first operation for the program.
The facility will receive $500,000 in funding to expand its animal care program, the agency said.
The contract is for the first phase of the Salem Animal Hospital, which is a partnership between Oregon Health and Science University, Salem Animal Care, and the Oregon Humane Society.
The $500k will be used to expand the Salem facility and the Salem Veterinary Hospital, an animal care facility that provides veterinary services to people, including animals, and their pets, according to the agency.
SalEMH and the USDA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The Salem Animal Health Center, a collaboration between the USDA and the Humane Society of the United States, is part of the Oregon Health system, which includes hospitals and other outpatient services, including inpatient care for animals and a veterinary clinic.
Oregon Health and the federal government have worked together for nearly three decades to improve animal care services in Oregon.
The animal care center, which will also have its own veterinarian and two labs, is scheduled to open this year.