History

Exterior view of hospitalValley County Health System has been providing compassionate and convenient healthcare to Central Nebraskans for more than 45 years.

In the early 1960s, residents of Valley County voted to establish Valley County Hospital, replacing a facility located on South 16th Street in Ord that was considered in poor repair by the Nebraska State Health Department. The Valley County Hospital was dedicated at its present location on August 2, 1964. Patients were transferred from the old facility on September 24, 1964.

The new hospital facility opened with 31 acute care beds, two labor beds, two recovery beds, three intensive care beds and 20 long-term care beds. In 1975, a new addition to Valley County Hospital added 45 long term care beds. In 1991, another addition added space for the Long Term Care, Rehabilitation Services, Business and Central Supply Departments.

In 2001, Valley County Hospital became a Critical Access Hospital. This program was adopted by Nebraska in 1997. It allows for a different method of Medicare payment to small rural hospitals. In addition, it provides Valley County Hospital more flexibility so we may operate more efficiently and better meet the needs of our patients.

In 2005, Valley County Hospital changed its name to Valley County Health System—a name more reflective of the wide variety of services provided throughout the facility. Today, the Health System employs more than 275 full-time and part-time employees.

In 2008, Valley County voters approved a $21.265 million bond issue to build a new hospital facility.  The new 68,000 square foot hospital opened on October 3, 2010.  The new facility features 16 acute care beds, two operating rooms, 12 medical clinic exam rooms, 6 specialty clinic exam rooms, an aqua therapy pool in the Rehabilitation Department , state-of-the-art imaging department and chapel.

 

 

Associate Recognition

Gold Star Award

Glenda Tietjens

Glenda is always willing to work when a fellow associate can’t make it in.  She goes the extra mile to help anyone.  She sets up Support Services monthly birthdays luncheons, to bring camaraderie in the four departments.  She always does the right thing at the right time for VCHS.  She volunteers in her off time on various committees and at VCHS functions.  Glenda takes pride in her department, keeping all the areas of the hospital and nursing home facilities shining clean; as well as keeping everything well stocked!  Glenda is an extremely hard worker and takes ownership in her position while leading by example.  Glenda takes great pleasure making everything sparkle.

Thank you Glenda for going above and beyond to make Valley County Health System a better place!

 

 

 


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