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.

In July 2015, Valley County Health System sold Valley View Living Center, its long term care operation, to LTC Midwest.



Employee Recognition

Gold Star Award

Keri Brugger and Amber Schulenberg

"Keri started with Heritage July 20. Her therapy skills are a critical asset to the Heritage Program. She offered a way to change the way we do things to make them more patient centered and targeted to the needs of the attendees in the Program. She is active in working closely with our referral sources in order to enhance patient care and provide meaningful treatment. She is very much involved in strengthening treatment services and having a positive impact on our patient population!"

"Amber started her position at Heritage August 17. She integrated into the Program quickly. She has learned the system and compliance issues in a short time. She has organized our electronic files, makes patients welcome, glittered our booth for women’s night out, has a talent for patient scheduling, prepares our day, communicates well about concerns, and all around is cheerful and enthusiastic about her job!"

Congratulations, Keri and Amber!

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