Geneva, Nebraska, Feb 27, 2012 -- USDA Rural Development State Director Maxine Moul and staff joined Fillmore County Hospital staff for the grand opening yesterday in Geneva, Nebraska for the new $18.5 million Fillmore County Hospital. The hospital serves 6,634 residents in the service area.
“Quality healthcare is important to USDA Rural Development and Nebraska’s rural residents. We are very happy to assist in this very valuable asset,” said Moul.
“The Fillmore County area is excited about the opportunities our new hospital facility will provide in continuing and expanding care services for our citizens and the economic contributions the hospital makes to the region,” said Hospital CEO Paul Utemark. “Fillmore County has a long history of support for high quality, locally accessible healthcare services.”
USDA Rural Development provided a loan of $12.6 million through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act with terms of 40 years at a four percent interest rate. UMB Bank, N.A. of Kansas City, MO underwrote a $5.4 million bond issue and Fillmore County Hospital completed the funding with $500,000.
The new hospital has 56,587 square feet, including an 8,471 square foot medical office building. The facility is designed to provide the same services that were provided at the previous hospital. Twenty inpatient beds will be available to meet current and anticipated future needs. Departments were reconfigured to provide more efficient operations and ease of expansion.
The previous hospital was no longer functional in the delivery of quality health care. The facility had a number of compliance, safety, operational, energy efficiency and infrastructure deficiencies. The hospital also did not meet the current requirements of local and state building codes and the American Institute of Architects guidelines for the construction of hospitals. Many areas of the building were not accessible under the requirements of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA). Also, the hospital did not meet the requirements for current fresh air standards in most of the facility.
USDA funding was provided through the USDA Rural Development Community Facility Direct Loan program. For additional information contact Janice Stopak at Janice.Stopak@ne.usda.gov; or phone (402) 423-9683 Ext. 121. Visit http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/ne/.