Construction on the new facility is set to start early next year.
A contract has been awarded for the construction of a new midlands community nursing unit.
The planned project in Athlone has been previously delayed when a preferred bidder withdrew last year.
Construction on the new 50-bed facility is expected to begin in the first few months of the new year.
Longford-Westmeath TD Robert Troy says the people of Westmeath have been waiting some time for the development: