News Release
Release No.STELPRD4017930
ContactJanice Stopak402-423-9683 ext. 121
Vicki Schurman402-437-5563
Wayne, Nebraska, Aug 19, 2012 --

@@Providence Medical Center in Wayne, Nebraska held an open house today to celebrate the completion of its $3.5 million hospital expansion. Area Specialist Janice Stopak attended for USDA Rural Development, which provided a $3.5 million loan to the hospital through its Community Facility Direct Loan program.

“USDA Rural Development is pleased to fund this project which will improve and expand health care services to the residents of Wayne and surrounding areas,” said Stopak. “Critical access hospitals are vital to rural Nebraska, allowing area residents to access medical services locally rather than traveling a distance to obtain the services needed. The Providence Medical Center will serve as a vital part of the community’s infrastructure.”

Providence Medical constructed a 7,300 square foot Physical Therapy suite expansion that includes new treatment opportunities, including a pediatric suite with private parent viewing area, a warm therapy pool, an occupational therapy suite for simulation of activities of daily living, along with a specialized occupational therapy upper-extremity treatment area and additional therapy treatment rooms.

Approximately 8,500 square feet was added to the Wellness and Cardiac rehabilitation services. Also, a 3,000 square foot addition to the Outpatient and Oncology departments, for more generalized and specialized clinic rooms, allows expansion of the current volume and variety of programs offered. The Outpatient space offers a year round walking track, childcare services, and an enhanced youth exercise program.

Providence Medical Center (PMC) is a critical access hospital that employs nearly 170 individuals. The 25 bed acute care hospital provides quality health care in response to the needs of its local, rural communities. PMC furnishes acute, skilled/swing-bed, and intermediate care, as well as Medicare certified home health, hospice, and private pay person care. Palliative care is also available. Outreach clinics are held in Wisner, Wakefield, and Laurel. This expanded facility enhances health care in the area.

For more information on the Community Facility Direct Loan program contact Janice Stopak at 402-423-9683 ext. 121 or