News Release
Release No.STELPRD4013448
ContactDarin Leach515-284-4747
USDA Funds Helping Expand Telemedicine Opportunities in Northwest Iowa
Sac City, Dec 12, 2011 --

@@December 12, 2011 – Bill Menner, USDA Rural Development State Director in Iowa, today presented leaders at Loring Hospital in Sac City with a $262,742 Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant from USDA Rural Development.

“We are extremely pleased to be assisting with this telemedicine project at Loring Hospital that will improve healthcare opportunities in northwest Iowa,” said Bill Menner, USDA Rural Development State Director in Iowa . “This project is just another example of the strong commitment being made to provide rural Iowa residents with quality healthcare options.”

The USDA funds will be used by the hospital to assist in the purchase of video conferencing equipment that will be placed and connected at the hospital’s emergency room, outpatient and inpatient centers, public school sites in the East Sac County School District and at two area nursing homes.

Telemedical equipment such as digital stethoscopes will be connected to the video network, as well as other computers, to help establish a wide ranging video network. This will be one of the first telehealth projects in northwest Iowa.

“Iowans continues to work hard to ensure all residents have access to the health care options they need, especially those living in rural areas and communities,” added Menner. “Access to quality healthcare is a critical element as we continue to build rural Iowa’s foundation.”

This past year USDA Rural Development’s investment in Iowa helped create or retain more than 1,900 jobs, aided 2,000 families in buying their own homes and assisted more than 80 communities as they made improvements to their facilities, services and infrastructure.

Contact USDA Rural Development

For more information about finance programs through USDA Rural Development, please call the office located in Storm Lake at (712) 732-1851 Ext. 4. This office serves communities, businesses and residents in Buena Vista, Calhoun, Carroll, Clay, Dickinson, Emmet, Greene, Palo Alto, Pocahontas and Sac Counties.

USDA Rural Development has 11 offices across the state to serve the 1.7 million Iowans living in rural communities and areas. Office locations include a State Office in Des Moines, along with Area Offices in Albia, Atlantic, Humboldt, Indianola, Iowa Falls, Le Mars, Mount Pleasant, Storm Lake, Tipton and Waverly.

Further information on programs available through USDA Rural Development is available by visiting the agency’s web site at

USDA Rural Development is an equal opportunity lender with a variety of grant and direct and guaranteed loan programs for single and multi-family housing, community facilities, water and sewer development and business and industry programs.

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