Manning, Iowa -, May 06, 2014 -- Staff from USDA Rural Development today participated in an organized tour of the recently constructed Manning Regional Healthcare Center. A public open house and tour of the new facility will be Saturday, May 10th from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The first patients are scheduled to be admitted to hospital on Monday, May 19th.
USDA Rural Development provided a $21 million direct loan to assist with the replacement hospital in the community.
“This project is an excellent example of the federal government working in collaboration with the local community to help improve critical health care services and the quality of life for rural Iowans,” said Bill Menner, USDA Rural Development State Director in Iowa.
Manning Regional Healthcare Center’s current facility was built in 1927 and was in need of significant facility upgrades. The new 17-bed critical access hospital also includes a physician clinic and recovery center that will provide substance abuse treatment services for up to16 patients in a partial residential setting.
Recently, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the USDA has set a goal of investing up to $50 million to increase access to mental healthcare in rural areas during the next three years. USDA’s effort to provide better mental healthcare in rural areas is part of President Obama’s ongoing commitment to address mental illness.
As Iowa’s population continues to age the need for improved healthcare services aimed at older Iowans is rising, especially in rural areas of the state. It is estimated that by 2040 as many as 20 percent of the state’s residents will be 65 years old or older.
“It is very important that leaders in rural communities continually look for ways to improve the healthcare services that are offered in their community,” Menner added.
“USDA Rural Development financing programs can play an important role in making these types of projects a reality, just like they are in Manning.”
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 $3 billion on essential public facilities, small and emerging businesses, water and sewer systems, and housing opportunities for Iowa families.
This past year USDA Rural Development’s investment in Iowa helped create or retain more than 1,000 jobs, aided 2,600 families in buying their own homes and assisted more than 60 communities as they made improvements to their facilities, services and infrastructure.
Contact USDA Rural Development
For more information about finance programs available through USDA Rural Development, please call the office located in Storm Lake at (712) 732-1851 Ext. 4. This office serves communities, businesses and residents in Buena Vista, Calhoun, Carroll, Clay, Dickinson, Emmet, Greene, Palo Alto, Pocahontas and Sac Counties.
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 visiting the agency’s web site at www.rurdev.usda.gov/ia.
USDA Rural Development is working with rural communities to create jobs, expand opportunity, encourage innovation and build a strong foundation for the future. The agency currently administers and manages more than 40 housing, business and community infrastructure and facility loan and grant programs designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents and farmers 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.
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