A groundbreaking ceremony held today in the northwest Iowa community of Hawarden celebrates the beginning of an upcoming large expansion and renovation project at Hawarden Regional Healthcare. The project, which will add approximately 20,000 square feet to the hospital and renovate another 13,000 square feet, is using $8.8 million in direct loan funds from U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development. Total costs for the projects are estimated to be around $14 million.
“Access to quality healthcare is critical for rural Iowans and the communities in which they reside,” said Bill Menner, USDA Rural Development State Director in Iowa. “Helping community leaders identify ways to improve these opportunities in rural America is an important emphasis at USDA Rural Development.”
The project at Hawarden Regional Healthcare will include demolition of a wing that was originally constructed in 1935 and an ambulance garage, renovation of in-patient rooms, as well as the construction of a new surgery suite, emergency department, radiology department, specialty physicians’ clinic, business office and other space and facility improvements. The enhancements will help increase patient privacy, provide physicians and staff with access to newer equipment and technologies and make the facility more energy efficient.
“At USDA Rural Development we make strategic investments in areas such as healthcare to help grow the economic engine in rural America,” Menner added. “Let us know how we can help you foster sustainable economic prosperity through a partnership for businesses, entrepreneurs and working families in rural communities.”
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
Residents, businesses and communities in Cherokee, Crawford, Ida, Lyon, Monona, O’Brien, Osceola, Plymouth, Sioux and Woodbury Counties are served by the USDA Rural Development office in Le Mars. For more information please call (712) 546-5149 ext. 4 or visit www.rd.usda.gov/ia.
USDA Rural Development has 11 offices across the state to serve the 1.7 million Iowans living in rural communities. 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.
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.