HOUSTON, Minn., Jun 22, 2011 -- USDA Rural Development State Director Colleen Landkamer visited Houston, Minn. on Wednesday to celebrate the grand opening of a $1.1 million transitional care unit at Valley View Nursing Home.
The transitional care unit improves Valley View’s physical, occupational and speech rehabilitation services. A new fire sprinkler system was also installed in the existing 43-bed facility. Rural Development financed the project with a $1 million low-interest loan. Valley View contributed $110,000.
“Access to quality health care builds rural communities that are thriving and sustainable,” Landkamer said. “Investing in facilities like Valley View ensures that families are able to live in rural communities their entire lives. It also creates and saves valuable rural jobs.”
The transitional care unit has five private rooms and a dining area. It will be used for short-term care of individuals who qualify for rehab/skilled services. The new fire sprinkler system was installed to meet new federal requirement codes.
“This project ensures that we are able to meet the changing needs of the aging population in our region,” said Chris Schulz, Valley View CEO. “It’s also going to retain jobs, improve the quality of care and add to our region’s unique quality of life.”
Rural Development has financed over $60 million in healthcare facility projects such as hospitals, clinics and nursing homes in 2011. Over 1,000 rural jobs are located in these facilities. The agency also finances housing, infrastructure, renewable energy and high-speed Internet in rural areas.
To learn more about Rural Development programs, visit www.rurdev.usda.gov/mn, or call the area office in Faribault at (507) 332-7418, ext. 4. To learn more about the Hispanic and women’s farmer claim process, visit www.farmerclaims.gov.