Valley 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.
Gold Star Award
"Nicole Huffman has taken on the Clinical Informatics Analyst role with flying colors. Nicole has worked very hard on the educational and implementation process of the new CPOE. She has educated and informed many co-workers very patiently on the new software. Nicole has reviewed many aspects with fellow associates to ensure the smooth transition. No one likes change but with Nicole's very patient guidance she has helped put many fears at ease. Nicole has put in countless hours on this project and she is so appreciated for all of her efforts with the implementation of CPOE. Nicole has taken ownership of this project and her professionalism shines through. Thank you "