Valley County Health System has been providing compassionate and convenient healthcare to Central Nebraskans for more than 50 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 on August 2, 1964. Patients were transferred from the old facility on September 24, 1964.
The 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.
Gold Star Award
Congratulations to Noel Hain of our Lab Department for receiving the VCHS Gold Star Award!
Noel was nominated by one of his co-worker and her story was so compelling we wanted to share it with you:
"On December 3rd, my daughter was brought to our ER and had to receive a CT scan. Noel covered my call while we were in ER and came in and ran my daughter’s lab-work. On December 23rd, we were again in the ER, and Noel stopped by that afternoon to see how she was doing, and to ask if we needed anything. Then on December 26th, we had an appointment with the neurologist in Kearney, and I was scheduled to work 11:30am-6pm. Our appointment was set up for 10:00, so I knew I was going to miss a big part of the day. Noel saw that we were going to be really short on staff, so he went to Karen, Lab Manager, and offered to work that Friday even though he should have been of vacation. On top of that, he sent me a text while we were at the hospital having a procedure done, asking how she was and told me not to worry about work, which set my mind at ease! Later that night he brought my daughter over soup that he made after he got off work.
Noel is not only a great employee, but also a wonderful Christian! Words can not express how thankful I am to my friend & co-worker for all his kindness."
Whether at work or in the community, Noel exemplifies high values through his character!
Congratulations Noel, you are a Gold Shining Star!