FAIRBURY –An open house celebration at Jefferson Community Health Center on Aug. 22 was very successful, with more than 700 attending, organizers said.
“We are pleased that so many area residents came to JCHC to Experience the New as we celebrated the completion of our recent renovation,” said Chad Jurgens, JCHC chief executive officer. “We are proud of the facilities we offer and our staff who work hard to provide quality care and exceptional service.”
Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts commented on the importance of rural health care to Nebraska communities, and lead the ribbon cutting for the official opening and rededication of the $8 million renovation project.
JCHC Board Chairman Dick Hoppe gave a brief history of the facility, including various projects over the years, and thanked the community for outstanding support of the facility throughout the years.
“Now the evolution of this institution did not occur by accident. It has taken the dedication of many people over the past 52 years serving on the board of directors to have the vision, commitment and courage to keep this hospital at the level necessary to provide the continuous top-quality healthcare to our community,” Hoppe said during the program.
He commended the commitment and training of JCHC staff, and local physicians and visiting specialists.
“These attributes have helped JCHC to be one of the top 100 critical access hospitals in the country,” Hoppe said.
Hoppe said the board and staff know our job is not done, as JCHC strives to continue to provide high-quality health care services.
“Healthcare is dynamic, and our plan is to stay in the forefront in providing healthcare to this community and surrounding areas by the best means available,” Hoppe said. “Please let our family take care of your family.”
The day’s events included a rededication and ribbon cutting ceremony, free lunch, tours, inflatable games, door prizes, giveaways and more.
JCHC completed the two-year renovation project in May. The project provided private patient rooms with showers and handicapped accessible bathrooms in each room. The project included renovation and new locations for laboratory, pharmacy, radiology, health information services, human resources, administrative offices, and conference rooms. It also included renovation of the front lobby, business office, and rehab and sports clinic. The donor wall was also redesigned. The total project cost was more than $8 million.
“The project helps us to provide our community with exceptional health care for years to come,” Jurgens said. “Our vision is to be our community’s most trusted partner for a lifetime of health care.”
Jefferson Community Health Center began serving its community’s health care needs in 1963 with a hospital and nursing home combination, the first such combination facility in the state of Nebraska according to news items at the time. In the past 50-plus years, JCHC has grown to include outpatient services, home health services, therapies, and an on-site community wellness center. JCHC is also joint owner along with Bryan Health of Cedarwood assisted living, Fairbury’s only licensed assisted living facility, located on the JCHC campus.
The most recent project was one of many renovation and construction projects completed at JCHC over the years.
“We felt that fully renovating our Critical Access Hospital was the best stewardship of our resources, and allows us to best serve the health care needs of our area residents,” Jurgens said. “With our major renovation complete and meeting rooms available again, our area residents can anticipate more activities at JCHC to help them learn about and improve their health and wellness.”More