Phelps Memorial Health Center Opens New Patient Wing
Holdrege, Neb.--The all new patient wing was the showcase of the Grand Opening, held Saturday, February 18, at Phelps
Memorial Health Center. Nearly 500 people attended the festivities which featured U.S. Senator Mike Johanns; Mark
Harrel, PMHC CEO; Charlie Reeser, PMHC Board of Directors Vice-President; and Mayor Rick Jeffrey. Seth Zeller, RN at
Phelps Memorial offered guests a demonstration of medication scanning at the bedside; Bryoney Araujo, and Brittany
Barnes, both RNs at Phelps Memorial provided demonstrations of the new patient lifts; Cindi Brestel, RN discussed the
features of the new extra large nursery; Liz Miller, RN showcased the pediatric and obstetrics room; Stacy Buettner, RN and Susan Reiker, RN and ICU/EMS/ER Leader demonstrated the features and technology of a special care. Volunteers from the PMHC Service League helped with serving cake and refreshments to the guests.
Mark Harrel, CEO, thanked the design team for their hard work and dedication in making the new patient wing a reality.
He spoke to guests about the tremendous support of the community they have shown to Phelps Memorial. "Thank you
for being an integral part in allowing the PMHC team to bring our patients and community exceptional quality care, right
here", stated Mr. Harrel.
Senator Mike Johanns addressed guests at the event and spoke highly about the quality of healthcare provided at the
local level. "This patient wing was built with private funds. I commend the financial responsibility of Phelps Memorial
and it's Board of Directors and will take the story of Phelps Memorial back to Washington as proof that great things can
happen without Washington's help," commented Senator Johanns.
Charlie Reeser read a letter on behalf of Congressman Adrian Smith congratulating Phelps Memorial on their new
patient wing and their dedication to the citizens of Phelps County. Mr. Reeser, Vice-President of the PMHC Board of
Directors stated, "on behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to thank the community and our patients. We are
excited to be able to provide you with a state-of-the-art hospital."
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Mayor Rick Jeffrey addressed the crowd from the perspective of a parent with an ill child and the personal attention of the Phelps Memorial Team, "we are lucky to have a hospital like Phelps Memorial Health Center with special people on the team. Here, you are family." "Phelps Memorial has one of the best staffed hospitals in the state."
Phelps Memorial Health Center broke ground on the new patient wing on April 16, 2011. After 308 days of construction,
patients will be moved to the new rooms. The project began with the need to update the infrastructure of the facility built in 1968. After conducting extensive research, the Board of Directors decided that in order to maximize funds and prepare for the future of Phelps Memorial, the community and hospital patients would be better served with new patient rooms in addition to an upgraded Central Energy Plant.
The finished construction, with the assistance of Brasfield & Gorrie General Contractors and Johnson Johnson Crabtree
Architects, added over 47,000 square feet to the hospital. In place of the old patient wing will be 4 state-of-the-art
operating suites and a beautiful courtyard that will offer rooms with a view. The 25 patient rooms, including 4 obstetric
rooms and 4 special care rooms, offer amenities that can only be compared to a 5-star hotel. They are all complete with
a 42" interactive flat screen television with the Big 10 Network, free wireless access for patients and visitors, large
bathrooms complete with a full-access shower in each, sofa sleeper for family and friends, in-room electronic medical
record access for efficient nurse charting, medication scanning capabilities in all patient rooms, patient lifts for those
patients that are unable to bear weight, large picture windows and much more. The nurses stations are equipped with
an upgraded nurse call system and nurse tracking system for a quieter environment for patients and guests. The Obstetrics hall and Nursery include a controlled access system for added security of newborns and parents. The entire
patient wing will be equipped with an upgraded security camera system.