Peterson Announces $24 Million for Critical Access Hospital in Elbow Lake

Sep 25, 2012 Issues: Health

(WASHINGTON, DC) [9/25/2012] – Congressman Collin C. Peterson today announced that Prairie Ridge Hospital & Health Services has been selected to receive more than $24 million from USDA Rural Development to build a new critical access hospital in Elbow Lake and purchase a clinic in Morris.


“Critical access hospitals play a vital role by ensuring that all Minnesotans, especially those in rural areas, have access to high quality care,” Peterson said. “This project will also provide an economic boost to the local communities.”


The funding comes in the form of a $20,047,000 direct loan and a $4,030,000 loan guarantee through Rural Development’s community facilities program. The current Prairie Ridge hospital and clinic facility was built in the early 1960s and no longer fully meets the community’s healthcare needs. The new facility will be approximately 53,000 square feet and will include 10 private rooms, an emergency department, operating room, imaging lab, pharmacy, clinic and support areas.


The facility will be fully handicap accessible and designed to improve the safety of patients and increase staff efficiency. It will be located on a 24-acre site.


“Since 2009, Rural Development has invested $75 million to build or improve critical access hospitals in Minnesota,” said Colleen Landkamer, USDA Rural Development State Director. “Quality healthcare is essential to preserving the unique quality of life found in rural Minnesota. Hospitals are also a major job provider and economic development engine for our small towns.”