News Release
Release No.STELPRD4016185
ContactVicki Schurman402-437-5563
Atkinson, Nebraska, May 09, 2012 --

@@USDA Rural Development joined West Holt Memorial Hospital in Atkinson, Neb. today at an open house to celebrate the completion of the hospital’s renovations and improvements.

“It is a pleasure to be here today to help celebrate the renovated West Holt Memorial Hospital,” said Area Specialist Roberta Mues, USDA Rural Development. “Ensuring quality health care is available to rural residents is important to Rural Development. The hospital improvements will allow for enhanced patient care, greater utilization of staff and for electronic medical reporting.”

“We are excited offering a facility that has been updated to ensure patients and their family comfort and safety in all private rooms,” said Chief Executive Officer Michael Coyle, West Holt Memorial Hospital. “This renovation allows us to accommodate our patients’ diverse needs close to home with one of the nicest, patient friendly facilities in North Central Nebraska.”

USDA provided a loan of $1,386,000 to renovate approximately 9,628 square feet of existing space, with roof repair, parking lot repaving, equipment and installation of a fire sprinkler system.

The nurse’s station was expanded as it lacked the necessary privacy for the compliance and protection of health care information under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. The expansion improves operating efficiencies of the staff and patient services. Portions of the hospital had not been updated since the 1970’s. New flooring, wall finishes, lighting and ceiling were installed. The patient rooms were updated to improve patient recovery, to accommodate better family visitation and improve patient privacy. The rooms are ready for the electronic medical records. The medication room with new medication dispensing system was moved close to the emergency room. A new procedure room was added to the surgery area for the less invasive procedures. A new commons area was developed for family waiting areas. The new fire sprinkler system has brought the hospital greater protection. Pavement work was completed for greater safety and the pavement was reinforced to accommodate the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and mammograms trucks.

West Holt Memorial Hospital is a 17 bed Critical Access Hospital. West Holt Medical Services includes the hospital, two clinics, and four providers. The hospital is actively recruiting new providers to the area. The primary service area is from the counties of Holt, Boyd, Keya Paha and Rock. This area has a population base of 8,177.

Rural Development assisted the hospital in 2006 with the funding for the addition of an emergency room garage and a new three bed emergency room unit. Administrative office space and the kitchen were completely remodeled. In 2009 a majority of the roof was replaced, assisted by funds from Rural Development.

For additional information contact Roberta Mues at (308) 237-3118 ext. 1128 or