Superior, Nebraska, Oct 04, 2010 -- An open house was held yesterday for the $8.2 million newly expanded Brodstone Memorial Hospital in Superior, Neb. The addition will benefit nearly 23,300 rural residents through improved health care services and the recruitment of health care professionals. Funding for the project was provided by USDA Rural Development, Thayer County Bank and the Hospital.
The new addition to Brodstone will add 12,000 square feet of space on the first floor and 6,000 square feet to the second floor. The first floor will have a new medical clinic for seven providers with 21 exam rooms and two procedure rooms, a specialty clinic with six exam rooms, a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) room and four phlebotomy rooms. The second floor will include a sleep lab, meeting room, offices, and an expanded pharmacy. A new parking lot will also be constructed. Existing space of 1,000 square feet will be remodeled and extensive mechanical system upgrades will be completed. Additionally, medical equipment will be purchased.
Funding for the hospital project was through a USDA Rural Development loan of $3,051,000 and a $3,050,000 loan originated by the Thayer County Bank of Hebron, Neb. with USDA Rural Development guaranteeing the loan. Brodstone Memorial Hospital contributed $2,086,000 for the purchase of the medical equipment.
“It has been a great pleasure to assist Brodstone Memorial Hospital with their new addition,” said Area Specialist Janice Stopak, USDA Rural Development. “The added space will help the hospital to better meet the needs of its patients and bring greater efficiencies in assisting them.”
President Pat Kenner, Thayer County Bank said, “Thayer County Bank was honored to be able to partner with the quality staff and management at Brodstone Memorial Hospital and with USDA Rural Development on this very important rural community project in Superior. This expansion and modernization will allow Brodstone to be more of a one stop shop for the medical needs of the service area. With these changes brings the added operational savings needed in the medical services arena these day. ”
The new clinic will improve the medical staffs’ abilities to attend to patients’ needs. Patient comfort and privacy will be improved and the facility will be Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant. Recruitment of an additional doctor to the area will be enhanced by a modern medical clinic. Operating efficiencies will be realized with more efficient utilization of medical staff and hospital resources. A specialty clinic will allow the hospital to bring in more specialized practitioners to meet the growing demands for health care services. Medicare reimbursement for clinic visits will increase. The inclusion of the permanent MRI service will allow the hospital to provide services on a daily basis versus a periodic basis with current mobile services. The 16 slice computerized tomography (CT) scanner will replace an outdated version allowing the medical staff to improve its ability to diagnose medical conditions. A certified sleep lab will allow the hospital to meet the increased customer demands for these services and the certification needed to maintain reimbursement from private insurance companies. Mechanical upgrades to the 1967 addition will improve patient and staff comfort and improve operating efficiencies.
Brodstone Memorial Hospital is a 25 bed Critical Access hospital providing inpatient, outpatient, surgery, home health, diagnostic and physician services. The hospital serves the rural residents in areas of Nuckolls, Thayer, Webster counties in Nebraska and Jewell and Republic counties in Kansas.
USDA funding was provided through the USDA Rural Development Community Facility Direct and Guaranteed Loan programs. For additional information contact Janice Stopak at Janice.Stopak@ne.usda.gov; or phone (402) 423-9683 Ext. 121. Visit http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/ne/.