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Sabin recognized for USDA-Rural Development work

By Staff | Apr 2, 2015

LE MARS – A long time U.S. Department of Agriculture staff member, Mitch Sabin, serving as community programs specialists with USDA’s Rural Development office in Le Mars, has been named as a recipient of the Vilsack-Wallace Award for outstanding service.

Bill Menner, USDA-RD state director, commended Sabin for his continued efforts in assisting the agency’s hospital financing for five northwest Iowa programs with two additional projects under way for a total of $90 million in rural development investment.

The funding Menner said was leveraged with $61 million of local assistance to improve health care in the respective areas and in northwest Iowa.

The five project beneficiaries of Sabin’s assistance included replacement hospitals for the Orange City Area Health System, Crawford County Memorial Hospital, in Denison; Sioux Center System; renovation of the Floyd Valley Hospital, in Le Mars; and Hawarden Regional Healthcare facility, which currently out for bids.

“Anyone who has worked with a hospital project can appreciate just how time consuming and complex the projects really are,” Menner said “Mitch has done an extraordinary job seeing all the projects through successfully.

“A public servant for over 40 years has created a lasting legacy for improving health care access for thousands of rural Iowans grateful for his efforts.”

Sabin said he is honored by the recognition and credits fellow staff members in the Le Mars office, Tyler Koopman, technician, and Kim Clay, area specialist, for their coordination and cooperation in making the projects successful.

“It’s a good feeling when you see the projects completed and what they mean to the respective communities,” he said.

This was especially true, he added, with his work on behalf of the new addition and other improvements at the Floyd Valley Medical Facility.

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