Clarinda, Iowa, May 11, 2012 -- Karla Peiffer, Community Programs Director for USDA Development in Iowa, today participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony for the recently re-opened Clarinda Regional Health Center.
“We are pleased to have assisted with this hospital building project in Clarinda that will not only help expand health care services in southwest Iowa but will also help create jobs,” said Bill Menner, USDA Rural Development State Director in Iowa.
The Clarinda Regional Health Center, which has provided healthcare services in southwest Iowa for more than 70 years, opened its replacement critical access hospital in January thanks, in part, to an $18.9 million loan from USDA Rural Development.
The new facility has updated equipment, a larger surgery suite, more comfortable patient rooms, waiting areas and care areas and supports paperless medical records. The project created more than 400 construction jobs over an 18-month period and ensures continued employment of the 170 hospital staff.
During the past three years USDA Rural Development has provided nearly $150 million in loans and grants to more than 20 rural hospitals around the state helping them make needed facility and equipment improvements.
USDA Rural Development’s funding continues to have a dramatic impact on rural communities across Iowa. Since 2009, USDA Rural Development has invested nearly $2 billion on essential public facilities, small and emerging businesses, water and sewer systems, and housing opportunities for Iowa families.
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.
“Access to high quality health care is an issue of growing concern to many rural communities as the baby boom generation continues to age,” Menner said. “In fact, the percentage of residents living in Iowa who are 65 or older is surpassed by only three other states, Florida, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.”
Contact USDA Rural Development
For more information about finance programs through USDA Rural Development, please call the office located in Atlantic at (712) 243-2107 Ext. 4. This office serves communities, businesses and residents in Adams, Audubon, Cass, Fremont, Harrison, Mills, Montgomery, Page, Pottawattamie, Shelby and Taylor 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 www.rurdev.usda.gov/ia.
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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