USDA Officials Join U.S. Congressman Collin Peterson in Granite Falls to Celebrate Construction of $11.8 Million Nursing Home

Oct 17, 2014 Issues: Economy and Jobs, Health

GRANITE FALLS, Minn., Oct. 17 – USDA Rural Development State Director Colleen Landkamer joined U.S. Congressman Colling Peterson today in Granite Falls, Minn. to celebrate construction of a new nursing home at Granite Falls Manor.  The City received $11.3 million in loans from USDA Rural Development to replace existing infrastructure and build a new facility.

“With an increasingly aging population nationwide, it is important that rural communities have the resources to provide safe, sustainable, and affordable facilities to accommodate this influx,” said Colleen Landkamer, USDA Rural Development State Director. “Granite Falls Manor’s commitment to this population is important to recognize and will help this community further its sustainability well into the future.”

Built in the 1960’s, the current nursing home facility was rapidly deteriorating and provided an outdated model of service for residents that resembled more of a hospital setting than a home.

Granite Falls Manor currently offers only five private rooms with the balance of the facility’s 57 beds being semi-private resident rooms on two different levels and serviced by three nursing stations. The new facility will have 40 new private rooms and eight semi-private rooms all housed on one level. When the project is finished, Granite Falls Manor will have a facility that is efficient and state-of-the-art in design enabling a more private, home-like atmosphere for residents.

 “This will assure our area community that Granite Falls Hospital and Manor will have the ability to serve the needs of our aging residents in need of skilled care in a respectful, safe and homelike atmosphere” said George Gerlach, Administrator”

USDA funding comes in the form of an $11.3 million direct loan through the Community Facility Program. Since 2009, USDA Rural Development has invested over $353 million to build or improve essential community facilities throughout rural Minnesota.

Rural Development also invests in housing, water and wastewater treatment, businesses, renewable energy and high-speed Internet. To learn more about Rural Development programs, visit www.rurdev.usda.gov/mn, or contact the local area office in Willmar, Minn., at (320) 235-3540, ext. 4.