History

Exterior view of hospitalValley 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.

 

 

Associate Recognition

Gold Star Award

Nicole Huffman

Regardless of the day, Nicole never waivers! She steps up and is always willing to help out both the Specialty Clinic and Medical Clinic if called upon. Although Nicole’s office is across the hallway and surrounded by Administrative and IT, she is always willing to lend help to take care of patients. “No” is not in Nicole’s vocabulary when it comes to helping out the team across the hallway. Nicole exemplifies integrity by always being professional in her patient care. She is VERY compassionate to all of her patients. She has an extra personal “touch” of TLC towards the patients she deals with. She always shows ownership for her work and won’t rest until the job is done and done right! She is very respectful to her patients, her co-workers and to the providers she works along side. Last but not least, she is very trustworthy! She is fair and truthful in all she does. Nicole’s willingness to help should be modeled by everyone at VCHS, and we are glad she is on our team!

Congratulations, Nicole! You are a Gold Shining Star!!


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