Iowa Community Celebrates Groundbreaking Ceremony for $12 Million Expansion Project at Clarinda Regional Health Center

Matthew T. Doyle
Release Date
Apr 02, 2021

USDA Rural Development Providing $9.5 Million Loan to Assist on the Project

CLARINDA, IOWA, April 2, 2021 – A groundbreaking ceremony held today in the southwestern Iowa community of Clarinda celebrated the groundbreaking event on a new outpatient facility. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) provided a $9.5 million loan to support this community facility healthcare project in Clarinda. This USDA Rural Development investment will support Clarinda Regional Health Center and over 17,000 residents of the region.

“Access to quality healthcare is critical for rural Iowans and the communities in which they reside,” said Darin Leach, USDA Rural Development Acting State Director in Iowa. “Helping leaders in communities such as Clarinda identify ways to improve these opportunities for rural Iowans is an important emphasis at USDA Rural Development.”

Rural Development’s investment went towards the cost of constructing a new outpatient therapy facility.  Funds will also be used to cover the cost of constructing a new addition and renovating the existing critical access hospital for surgery, pharmacy, imaging, clinics and emergency departments.  Equipment and furnishings will also be purchased as part of this project.

Clarinda Regional Health Center (CRHC) opened more than 80 years ago and has been extensively remodeled and expanded over the past eight decades. This current expansion and renovation are the first to take place over the past nine years and will provide nearly 20,000 sq ft of new space for the facility.

This funding was made available through USDA Rural Development’s Community Facilities Loan and Grant Program. Eligible applicants include rural cities, towns and villages including Federally Recognized Tribal Lands with no more than 20,000 residents. Funds can be used to purchase, construct, and / or improve essential community facilities, purchase equipment and pay related project expenses.

“We are proud to serve the needs of rural people and places to ensure that rural America continues to thrive and to drive the economy,” Leach added. “We are very happy to be a partner with all the communities we serve as they work hard to make investments that will impact many future generations.”

Contact USDA Rural Development

Residents, businesses and communities in Adams, Audubon, Cass, Fremont, Harrison, Mills, Montgomery, Page, Pottawattamie, Shelby and Taylor Counties are served by the USDA Rural Development office in Atlantic. For more information please call (712) 243-2107 Ext. 4 or visit

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.

Under the Biden-Harris Administration, Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities, create jobs and improve the quality of life for millions of Americans in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural, Tribal and high-poverty areas. For more information, visit If you’d like to subscribe to USDA Rural Development updates, visit our GovDelivery subscriber page.

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