USDA Rural Development State Director Maxine Moul and staff joined the Sidney Regional Medical Center (SRMC) groundbreaking in Sidney today for the new hospital. The facility was funded in part by $32 million in USDA Rural Development direct loan funds and $10 million from banking partners to build the $53 million building. The remaining funds will be contributed by the hospital. The project is to be completed in 2015.
"We believe that our support of this new facility will truly benefit everyone in the southern panhandle and communities of Nebraska,” said Moul.
“Our current location was built in 1953 and was designed for a different type of patient-centered care. The new facility, with an easy-to-use floor plan, supports our mission to provide our patients with the very best health care possible. We also have more exam rooms and additional providers joining the team to address the expanding community’s health care needs,” said CEO of SRMC Jason Petik.
The new hospital will feature 25 private acute care rooms that include a four-bed intensive care unit, as well as three high-tech surgical suites, increased digital imaging services, and a Federal Aviation Administration approved helicopter pad. The focus of this project is to secure health care for the future, according to the needs of the community.
“The design process we used facilitates an improved arrangement of services for the new hospital that promotes healing and helps provide high quality health care,” said Bill Pile, Chairman of the Board of Directors. “Many of our services used, such as Rehabilitation Services, Surgery, Laboratory and Physicians Clinic, are experiencing strong growth. Overall demand shows an increase of 85%* in our surgical services, a 70%* increase for Rehabilitation Services and a current projection of 15 percent increase for the Physicians Clinic for 2014. Trends indicate an increase of patients using outpatient services.”
*Usage increase calculated from year ending totals 3 year time frame, 2013 compared to 2010.
The USDA Rural Development Community Facilities Loan program was utilized. For more information contact Natalie Furrow at 308-534-2360 ext. 1129.
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.