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Published April 15, 2012, 09:12 PM

Warren, Minnesota will soon be minutes from urgent care

Warren, MN (WDAY TV) -- People in a small Minnesota town will now be just minutes from urgent care. North Valley Health Center is getting a $13.5 million loan from USDA Rural Development.

By: Meagan Millage, WDAZ, WDAY

Warren, MN (WDAY TV) -- People in a small Minnesota town will now be just minutes from urgent care. North Valley Health Center is getting a $13.5 million 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.

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

The current building is 55 years old and outdated. Kevin Smith, the hospital's CEO, says the new 14.75 million dollar facility will help expand services.

Kevin Smith, CEO: "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."

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

Kevin Smith, CEO: "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."

USDA Rural Development is providing a $13.5 million, 40 year loan... That will cover the majority of the project's cost. Smith says a new and up-to-date critical access hospital is vital for a small community like Warren.

Rep. Deb Kiel, (R) District 01B: "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."

Besides providing essential healthcare services, Smith says the project will help boost the town's economic development.

Construction will begin in July and is expected to take 18 months.

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