Armour, SD, Aug 23, 2012 -- Douglas Community Memorial Hospital held a ground breaking today for a new addition. The building project, which will house emergency, outpatient and birthing services, was made possible thanks to $3.5 million in funding from USDA Rural Development.
“These improvements to the Douglas County Memorial Hospital will be such a benefit to the community and will allow hospital staff to provide better, more efficient services to its patients," said Rural Development State Director Elsie M. Meeks. “This project is an example of the Obama’s Administration’s ongoing commitment to strengthen rural communities."
The project consists of constructing a building approximately 6,450 square feet adjacent to the north end of the existing clinic and remodeled/renovated space in the existing facility totaling 5,850 square feet. The emergency department will feature a new entry canopy on the west side of the building for emergency vehicle convenience. The addition and remodeled facility will improve efficiencies in service delivery. The federal funding was leveraged with a $500,000 applicant contribution and $500,000 from the State of South Dakota’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for a total project cost of $4,500,000.
“This project would not have been possible without the funds made available to us through USDA Rural Development. We are very thankful that we will be able to continue to provide these needed healthcare services to the surrounding communities,” said Heath Brouwer, the Administrator of the Douglas County Memorial Hospital.
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 $172 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.