Manning, Iowa, Jul 30, 2012 -- Agriculture Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Doug O’Brien today participated in groundbreaking ceremonies for the new Manning Regional Healthcare Center. The new hospital in Manning, which will replace a facility that was built in 1927, is receiving a $21 million loan from USDA Rural Development.
“Rural residents must have access to the best available care, and this medical campus will provide decades of service to the residents of this region,” O’Brien said. “President Obama’s plan for rural America has brought about historic investment and resulted in stronger rural communities.”
When construction is completed, Manning Regional Healthcare Center’s new 17-bed critical access hospital will also include a physician clinic and recovery center that will provide substance abuse treatment services for up to16 patients in a partial residential setting.
Last week it was also announced that a $26 million USDA loan is being provided to Sioux Center Community Hospital and Health Center to help with the construction of a 19-bed replacement critical access hospital and medical clinic in Sioux Center.
O’Brien said that since President Obama took office, USDA Rural Development has provided more than $175 million in loans and grants to more than 20 rural health care facilities in Iowa, helping to make needed facility and equipment improvements. USDA funds have assisted with major hospital construction projects in rural Iowa communities such as Belmond, Denison, Oskaloosa, Guttenberg, Sumner, Clarinda, Jefferson, along with Manning and Sioux Center.
USDA Rural Development’s funding continues to have a dramatic impact on rural communities across Iowa. Since 2009, the agency has invested nearly $2 billion in essential public facilities, small and emerging businesses, water and sewer systems, and housing opportunities to help Iowa families and communities build a better future.
“Under President Obama’s leadership, USDA has carried out these investments, helping our rural communities and sectors which impact the rural economy,” O’Brien added. “In turn, this has supported the rural way of life that stands as the backbone of our American values. It has empowered rural America to continue leading the way, strengthening America’s economy, and strengthening small towns and rural communities.”
Since taking office, President Obama’s Administration has taken historic steps to improve the lives of rural Americans, put people back to work and build thriving economies in rural communities. From proposing the American Jobs Act to establishing the first-ever White House Rural Council – chaired by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack – the President is committed to using Federal resources more efficiently to foster sustainable economic prosperity and ensure the government is a strong partner for businesses, entrepreneurs and working families in rural communities.
USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, administers and manages housing, business and community infrastructure and facility programs through a national network of state and local offices. Rural Development has an active portfolio of more than $165 billion in loans and loan guarantees. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural areas.