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Breaking new ground at Glenhaven

By Kelsie Hoitomt

Glenhaven Nursing Home in Glenwood City has plans to expand its nursing home once again starting in April of 2013.

Glenhaven Inc. purchased seven and a half acres of additional land in 2011 that is to the west of the facility and north up the hill.

The goal of the renovation is to build a new facility that has all private rooms. The current nursing home has only two private rooms out of 23 total.

The addition will also have 44 rooms with some of them having an adjoining door that could be used to connect a husband and wife together, shared Dave Prissel, Nursing Home administrator.

The new facility is projected to be approximately 50,000 square feet and cost around $9.2 million dollars.

The U.S Department of Agriculture Rural Development and AgStar Financial Services have funded the majority of the costs with $700,000 in capitol and interest required of Glenhaven to raise.

The USDA approved funding through its Community Facilities program for Glenhaven to not only build the new addition, but remodel its current location and refinance existing debt.

The nursing home will receive a direct loan of $6,750,000 and a conditional commitment guaranteed loan of $2,500,000 provided by AgStar to maintain the delivery of quality healthcare in Glenwood City and the surrounding communities.

Additionally, $185,000 of existing debt will be refinanced under more favorable terms.

Prissel said that the community’s support is what they are really hoping for in help to collect the money as it will be a three-year fundraising campaign with payments being made to Royal Construction and the other contractor(s) throughout the building process.

The nursing home is having their first annual “Oktoberfest” on Thursday, October 25 to kick off the fundraising process. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans will also be a sponsor for this event.

The new facility looks to have all of the comforts of home for residents within its four household “wings” that will eventually be named. The bedrooms and bathrooms are more spacious with room for more personal belongings.

Also included in the building plan is a physical therapy suite, resident dining rooms with fire places, a library, a tavern, a movie theater, a cafe, a daycare center, more office space for staff and entrances that will open up to a court yard in the back and front of the building.

There will be follow-up articles throughout the building process. The building plans for the lower and upper levels of the new addition can be found online at