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Senator Catherine Cortez Masto met with staff of the Grover C. Dils Medical Center during a recent visit to the county.

U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev, made stops throughout Lincoln County on July 3.

Every year, the senator takes a tour of the smaller counties in Nevada, hearing from members of the community and taking note of issues important to them. This tour brought her through Alamo, Caliente, Panaca, and Pioche, where she visited various historical sites and points of interest in the county.

One of her stops was the Grover C. Dils Medical Center in Caliente, where she met with members of the staff and toured the facility. The senator praised the hospital’s 80-plus years of service.

“Partisan fights in Washington must never stand in the way of these dedicated health professionals providing the care hardworking Nevada families, seniors, and kids in need,” she said.

“I’m committed to ensuring that health care delivery in Nevada, and throughout the country, isn’t taken backwards to the days when Americans with preexisting conditions were denied coverage and when rural hospitals and community health centers struggled to receive the funding and support they needed to serve their communities.”

Cortez Masto later visited the Panaca Heritage Museum. In a brief interview, she mentioned this was not her first visit to the county and said she has been talking with county commissioners in the area.

When asked about how she planned on helping Lincoln County, she pointed to the Senate’s passing of the Farm Bill and the Opioid Bill and said that parts of those bills included the creation of a committee focused solely on the problems that rural counties face. She went on to talk about bringing broadband internet into the area, and how that is necessary in order to open the possibility of telemedicine.

In the end, the senator shared how she appreciates Lincoln County, as well as rural communities throughout Nevada.