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CIPCO and Pella Cooperative Electric Assists Knoxville Hospital & Clinics Expansion




Cheri Popp


Jason Gibbs



Central Iowa Power Cooperative


Clarke Electric Cooperative



1400 Highway 13 SE


1103 N Main



Cedar Rapids IA  52403-9803


Osceola IA  50213



Phone: 319-366-4512 ext. 4357


Phone: 641-342-2173

OSCEOLA, IA –Clarke Electric Cooperative (CEC) and Central Iowa Power Cooperative (CIPCO) closed on USDA Rural Economic Development Loans with Clarke County Hospital totaling $2,360,000 on Dec. 5. Clarke County Hospital is planning a $17 million renovation and expansion that will include a new emergency department, UnityPoint Clinic, outpatient clinic and specialist clinic.

Clarke County Hospital, founded in 1953, is a 25 bed critical access hospital that has significantly grown in patient care within the past couple decades. Running out of physical space in many departments for the increasing patient volume and number of clinical providers at Clarke County Hospital, the facility will be undertaking a renovation and expansion as a long-term strategy to improve rural health care with expanded services in a modernized facility.  The expansion will include:

•    Centralized lobby for better access to patient services throughout the hospital
•    Individual rooms at registration for increased patient privacy
•    New primary care clinic with space for seven local providers
•    Relocated emergency department, specialty clinic and outpatient clinic
•    Area dedicated to diabetes education and wound care

The loans were funded through USDA’s Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant program (REDLG). This program provides zero-interest loans to lenders and community-based development groups who in turn re-lend the money at zero interest to local businesses. The REDLG program is one of the economic development programs that CEC and CIPCO offer to promote community development, economic growth, and help create jobs in rural Iowa. 

About Clarke Electric Cooperative:
Clarke Electric Cooperative is an electric distribution cooperative owned by its members and serves portions of eight counties in South Central Iowa. We embody our mission statement, “Focused on member needs and community development,” by improving the quality of life of our members within local communities we serve.  Through our partnership with the USDA we have supported more than 15 community projects totaling more than 4.1 million dollars. For additional information, visit our website at 

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