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Release No. STELPRD4021968
ContactKelly Edwards715-345-7600
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    Colfax, WI, Sep 05, 2013 -- Contact: Kelly Edwards | (715) 340.1264 |

Colfax Health & Rehabilitation Center Opens Doors to New State of the Art Facility

COLFAX, WI – SEPTEMBER 5, 2013 - - - Since 1966, Colfax Health & Rehabilitation Center, Inc. has served the residents of Colfax and neighboring communities. Today, they celebrated the grand opening of the new Colfax Health & Rehabilitation Center, accenting a new facility with expanded services and up-grades that will better serve those needing their services.

The new Colfax Health & Rehabilitation Center facility includes a 40 bed Skilled Nursing Facility, a 14 unit Community Based Residential Facility, and a 12 unit Residential Care Apartment Complex located in the Village of Colfax, WI. The Colfax Health & Rehabilitation Center is the only assisted living option available to Colfax residents and the neighboring communities of Wheeler, Ridgeland, Elk Mound and Bloomer in the counties of Dunn, Barron and Chippewa.

The new 70 bed facility is a total replacement facility for Colfax Health & Rehabilitation Center, a 52 bed skilled nursing facility that was outdated and did not meet current standards for nursing homes.

The dedication ceremony included Al Stai, Colfax Health & Rehabilitation Center, Inc. Board President; Scott Gunnufson, Colfax Village President; Lori Wells, USDA Rural Development Assistant to the State Director; Steve Rasmussen, Dunn Co. Board Supervisor; and John Monson, Senior Vice President of AgStar Financial Services.

“We must not forget the fact that projects like these reflect how we value the people of our communities,” said Wells. “This new facility shows that our seniors and those living with disabilities matter to us. The expansion of services is vital to this community and gives seniors the opportunity to live in an environment which offers the highest quality of care. It sends a message that the Colfax area respects its seniors, and is about building community. Today we celebrate the work of all who made this expansion and new state-of-the-art facility possible. I commend all who contributed to this project and wish you much success.”

The project received two loans through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Community Facilities Program totaling more than $11 million. The Community Facilities Guaranteed Loan, in the amount of $2,500,000, was provided in partnership with Ag Star Financial.

This project has broad support from the community including the Colfax Village President, Village Council and Village Administrator, Dunn County Board of Supervisors, United States Congressman Ron Kind, Ag Star Financial, numerous community businesses and organizations, and other local and state elected officials.


Colfax Health & Rehabilitation Center, formerly known as Area Nursing Home, has been a provider of quality care for over 40 years; priding themselves in going the extra mile to ensure residents and their families feel at home. The mission of Colfax Health & Rehabilitation Center is to recognize the unique needs of persons with dementia; to respond with care that recognizes those special needs and allows the individual to function and enjoy a quality life to the best of their ability.

USDA Rural Development’s mission is to deliver programs in a way that will support increasing economic opportunity and improve the quality of life of rural residents. As the lead federal agency for rural development needs, USDA Rural Development returned over $827.8 million dollars this past year to rural Wisconsin communities. Funds are used to finance and foster growth in homeownership, business development, and critical community and technological infrastructures. Further information on USDA Rural Development programs is available at a local USDA Rural Development office or by visiting the web site at

USDA has already undertaken historic efforts since 2009 to save more than $828 million in taxpayer funds through targeted, common-sense budget reductions. These reductions have put USDA in a better position to carry out its mission, while implementing sequester budget reductions in a fair manner that causes as little disruption as possible.


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Last Modified:11/20/2014 
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