The $10 million project began two years ago when Kearney County voters approved the issuance
of bonds to fund the construction of a new patient room wing and renovate the existing 56 year
old facility. Kearney County Health Services (KCHS) broke ground on the project on September 28,
2011 and completed the project in September 2013.
One of the most dramatic changes on the outside of the hospital is the
new entrance located at the southwest corner of the hospital. Vehicles
can pull up to the doors on a covered driveway to pick up or drop off
patients. Inside the new entrance, visitors are greeted at the reception
area and will find a spacious waiting room.
The location of the new nurses’ station was another feature that improved
efficiency. It was strategically placed between the two halls and the new
pharmacy is right there at the nurses’ station.
The former ER room was expanded into the new emergency care area.
The side-by-side emergency bays provide medical staff quick and easy
access to both rooms while providing privacy to patients.
Both emergency bays are equipped with updated technology including
a teletrauma system. The system allows local doctors to communicate to
a high lever of care hospital for consultation, questions, to arrange for
transport, to discuss the patient’s statistics without ever leaving the
A new emergency waiting area provides a comfortable place for families
or others who bring patients for emergency care.
The patient rooms include features aimed at making the patients’ families
more comfortable as well. The sofa which includes two seats separated
by a small table will fold up with a push of a button to a spare bed where
a family member can rest during a patient’s stay.
White boards placed in each room not only aid nurses in communicating
during shift changes, but provide a place for family members to leave
questions or comments. Each room is fitted with a patient lift system
designed to help medical staff get patients in and out of bed safely,
both for the patients and for the staff. Medical charts are now maintained
in a secured database. The new acute wing has computers for medical
charting both inside the rooms and in the hallway so nurses have options
for recording information.
The new spacious restrooms are fully accessible and one of the patient
rooms is even equipped with a patient lift that goes from the bed into
A procedure room was created for diagnostics such as scopes and can
also be used as an overfl ow emergency care area.
Two new offices in the outpatient area for visiting physicians provide
space for the doctors to work in. The offices can utilize the telemedicine
systems that allow physicians in different locations to consult over a
The Administration and Staff of KCHS is very proud of their new facility and
thank the citizens of Kearney County. With their support we can strive to
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Donations totaled almost $20,000 to assist in the purchase of a bladder scanner. Thanks to everyone who contributed!