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Published April 15, 2012, 08:02 PM

Warren, MN, Will Break Ground On New Hospital

WARREN, MN (WDAZ-TV) - A small Minnesota town will soon see a new critical access hospital. North Valley Health Center will receive a $13.5 million, 40 year loan from USDA Rural Development.

WARREN, MN (WDAZ-TV) - A small Minnesota town will soon see a new critical access hospital. North Valley Health Center will receive a $13.5 million, 40 year loan from USDA Rural Development.

After five years of planning, the North Valley Health Center in Warren has received the necessary funding to build a new critical access hospital.

"Good response from our community. We've always had a lot of community support in this facility," North Valley Health Center CEO Kevin Smith said.

The current building is 55 years old and outdated. Smith says the new $14.75 million facility will help expand services.

"I'm in the process of hiring a fourth provider. And we're going to be short of exam rooms, so it will better accommodate that. We'd like to have more specialists come and provide specialty care here in town," Smith added.

The new North Valley Health Center will be built just south of the current hospital. It will be connected to the Good Samaritan Society allowing for greater collaboration between the two care centers.

"We don't have a dietary department, our meals are all provided by Good Samaritan nursing home in town, so we're looking to expand on those kinds of things," Smith said.

Smith says a new and up-to-date critical access hospital is vital for a small community like Warren.

"Someone can say well gosh, they're not that far from other hospitals. But by golly when you have a family member that's having a heart attack or a serious accident that really gives you the availability," District 1B Representative Deb Kiel said.

Construction is set to begin in July and is expected to take 18 months. The Otto Bremer Foundation is providing a $400,000 matching grant to help with funding. With pledges, the community has already surpassed that goal.

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