Des Moines, Iowa, Oct 21, 2013 -- USDA Rural Development recently announced that the City of Hawarden and Hawarden Regional Healthcare are receiving a direct loan from the agency totaling $8,833,254 to assist with an upcoming improvement project at the hospital.
Hawarden Regional Healthcare is a city public hospital and a component unit of the City of Hawarden. The hospital is governed by a five member board of directors.
The loan funds are being awarded through USDA Rural Development’s Community Facilities program.
“We are extremely pleased to be assisting with this expansion and remodeling project which will not only help expand healthcare services in the area but will also create job opportunities,” said Bill Menner, USDA Rural Development State Director in Iowa. “Access to high quality health care is an issue of growing concern to many rural Iowa communities as the baby boom generation ages and requires more medical services.”
USDA Rural Development funds will be used to assist with the demolition of part of the current structure, constructing of a 20,000 square-foot addition, and renovating 12,960 square feet of the existing building.
When completed, the facility will have new in-patient rooms, surgery suite, emergency department with a separate entry for easy access, radiology department, specialty physicians’ clinic, business offices and physical plant with more efficient mechanical systems.
The total project is expected to cost around $11 million.
“This project represents part of a continuing effort by the Obama Administration to advance technology as it relates to rural health care,” Menner said. “Rural residents must have access to the best available care, and this facility will provide decades of service to the residents of this region.”
USDA Rural Development’s funding continues to have a dramatic impact on rural communities across Iowa. Since 2009, USDA Rural Development has invested more than $2.5 billion on essential public facilities, small and emerging businesses, water and sewer systems, and housing opportunities for Iowa families.
This includes more than $200 million in loans and grants to around 30 rural health care facilities in Iowa helping to make needed facility and equipment improvements such as this project in Hawarden.
This past year USDA Rural Development’s investment in Iowa helped create or retain more than 1,600 jobs, aided 2,400 families in buying their own homes and assisted more than 60 communities as they made improvements to their facilities, services and infrastructure.
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 calling the Le Mars office at (712) 546-5149 Ext. 4 or by visiting the agency’s web site at www.rurdev.usda.gov/ia. This office serves communities, businesses and residents in Cherokee, Crawford, Ida, Lyon, Monona, O’Brien, Osceola, Plymouth, Sioux and Woodbury Counties.
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.
USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, has a portfolio of programs designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America.
President Obama’s plan for rural America has brought about historic investment and resulted in stronger rural communities. Under the President’s leadership, these investments in housing, community facilities, businesses and infrastructure have empowered rural America to continue leading the way – strengthening America's economy, small towns and rural communities.
USDA’s investments in rural communities support the rural way of life that stands as the backbone of our American values. President Obama and Agriculture Secretary Vilsack are committed to a smarter use of Federal resources to foster sustainable economic prosperity and ensure the government is a strong partner for businesses, entrepreneurs and working families in rural communities.
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