A 43-acre site on the east edge of Olivia is tagged as the possible home for a new RC Hospital and Clinics facility.
The West Central Tribune reports that the Renville County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution on Tuesday authorizing the county-owned RC Hospital and Clinics to enter into a purchase option agreement for the land, located on the south side of U.S. Highway 212, and currently used as farmland.
The hospital has negotiated the purchase option from two parties. Jackie’s Farms II LLC owns approximately 26 acres and Floyd and Lois Palmer the remainder.
The hospital is moving forward with a proposed $24 million project to replace its existing complex in Olivia.
The RC Hospital and Clinics is seeking financing through the United States Department of Agriculture, Rural Development. Nathan Blad, RC Hospital and Clinics CEO, told the commissioners he is optimistic that the financing will be obtained.
Having a site chosen for the new campus was one of the requirements to apply for the financing.
The hospital board hopes to have a formal application ready for the USDA this summer. If all goes as planned, ground could be broken in April 2014, and a new facility opened in late 2015 or early 2016.