Grant, Neb., June 11, 2013--The United States
Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development has awarded $10.1 million to
the Perkins County Health Services Agency under its Community Facilities Direct
Loan Program. The funds, leveraged with $4 million from two local lenders
and more than $1.3 million from the hospital’s own funds, will be used to
expand and renovate the current hospital.
“USDA is pleased to be assisting Perkins County Hospital with
their expansion and remodeling goals. We believe that access to
healthcare is the center of our rural communities and look forward to helping
Perkins County and the surrounding area,” said Community Programs Specialist
Natalie Furrow, USDA Rural Development.
CEO Jim LeBrun, Perkins County Hospital, said, “Perkins County
Health Services is genuinely grateful for our loan from the United States
Department of Agriculture Rural Development Community Facilities Direct Loan
Program. We are also fortunate for local financial support provided by
Valley Bank and Trust Company and Adams Bank and Trust. Our $15.4 Million
expansion and renovation project includes new construction of 39,331 square
feet, renovation of approximately 20,000 square feet, and refinancing of our
2006 Bond Issue. Our vision is to ‘Provide an appropriate health care
delivery system to meet the needs of the residents of Perkins County and the
The expansion and renovation project includes a new 20 bed
Critical Access Hospital and a new emergency department with adjacent
diagnostic services. New space will be constructed for several
departments including physical therapy, Hi Line Home Health, information
technology, and dietary services including a public dining room. Current
space will be renovated for laboratory, radiology, nuclear medicine, business
office and admissions. This project will also accommodate for the growth
of Grant Medical Clinic.
Perkins County Health Services supports the region’s economy by
providing jobs and benefits for 200 plus employees who have been providing
quality health care services at Perkins County Hospital, Grant Medical Clinic,
Golden Ours Convalescent Home, Parkridge Assisted Living, Hi Line Home Health,
and Hugs and Teddy Bears Daycare.
“Our Mission is to ‘Provide Excellence In Care …for Life,’” said
“Adams Bank and Trust is pleased to be part of the Perkins County
Hospital expansion project,” said Regional Senior Banker John Woodmancy of
Adams Bank and Trust. “Perkins County Hospital is a leading provider of
health services for southwestern Nebraska and a major employer for Perkins
County. The expansion project will continue its leadership in providing
outstanding health services and create the efficiencies needed to compete in
this competitive industry currently and into the future. Again, we are
pleased to be in a position to meet the financial needs of our community and
especially the needs of Perkins County Health Services which is such an
integral part of our region.”
“Valley Bank is honored to serve as a partner in the Perkins
County Hospital project. The Perkins County Hospital is an economic
stalwart in southwest Nebraska with a significantly stable medical
clientele. It is paramount to strategically evaluate and
rationalize the future medical, economic, and social needs this completed
project can maintain, plus expand within the region’s population. We
value the positive working relationship with Adams Bank and USDA in this endeavor,”
said Senior Vice President Donald W. Softley of Valley Bank and Trust.
Currently, the Perkins County Hospital occupies a building that
was constructed in 1968. Some of the systems (including the mechanical
system) have reached the end of their useful life and require a complete
upgrade. In the past 45 years the needs of healthcare have dramatically
changed including ADA accessibility and HIPAA requirements. The 45 year
old hospital does not adequately meet either of these and has several design inefficiencies.
These updates will greatly enhance the hospital’s ability to serve its
residents and the surrounding communities.
For more information on the Community Facilities Direct Loan
Program contact Natalie Furrow at 308-534-2360 or Natalie.email@example.com.