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Glenn Korff Estate Gives Hospital $6.9 Million Dollar Gift

Thanks to a gift of $6.9 million from Glenn Korff’s estate to the Foundation for Thayer County Health Services, a new Rehab and Wellness Center will be built off the north side of the hospital. Construction on the Rehab and Wellness Center will begin in August 2015 and will lead into a hospital renovation project.

For the past year, the hospital board and administration have been working on a hospital renovation plan. This project is necessary to update areas of the hospital original to when it was built in 1968. The kitchen/cafeteria no longer meets state requirements and must be updated. The project will also update various mechanical and electrical systems, some of which are original to the hospital. The cost for these two key components of the project total almost $5 million.

When looking at a renovation project, it was important for us to also look at other areas of the hospital to see if patient care could be improved. This led to identifying a need to separate the emergency room, specialty clinic and Labor & Delivery. Currently they are collocated within a shared space in the hospital and separating them would:
• Give the Specialty Clinic more space to accommodate two or more visiting physicians
• Space to add a chemotherapy room and a second operating room.
• Allow the emergency room to be closer to the nurse’s station. This would improve patient care and staff efficiency.
• Provide private birthing suites for new Mom’s and their families.

The total cost for the hospital renovation and expansion project is $14.8 million. With the gift from Mr. Korff’s estate, the remaining project cost is $7.9 million – with the majority of that cost being items that have to be updated. The remaining components of the project will improve and add more services for our patients. It is also important to remember that although TCHS is a county facility; this project will not require any new tax dollars to be imposed on the residents of Thayer County. The remaining project costs will be paid for by the Foundation’s capital campaign and through local bank financing.

TCHS is committed to providing our patients with quality, local healthcare. This project continues that commitment and begins a new chapter in prevention. For anyone wanting to get or stay healthy, this project will provide the tools to improve your overall health. Having quality healthcare services in Thayer County not only benefits patients, but it has a huge impact on the local economy. A modern hospital is one of the key factors people consider when deciding where to live and raise a family. The new rehab and wellness center will be a great opportunity for county residents to improve or maintain their quality of life through education and fitness.

TCHS is grateful to Glenn Korff and is excited about this project. If you would like to learn more about the project, we invite you to attend one of our public presentations.
Presentations are being planned throughout Thayer County and are a great opportunity to learn about this project and the future of healthcare in Thayer County. It will also be a chance for you to ask questions regarding the project. We look forward to meeting with you and answering your questions.

Click here to view tentative floor plans and images.

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TCHS Welcomes New Doctor

Dr. Leann Heinrichs – During the month of June, Dr. Heinrichs will be at TCHS for one of her final rotations.

She will be joining Thayer County Health Services full time this October providing full scope family medicine services. Dr. Heinrichs has a special interest in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics and Preventative Medicine. She is also trained in cesarean sections, endoscopy, and other minor procedures.

Dr. Heinrichs grew up on a family farm outside of McCool Junction. She is a 2004 graduate of McCool Junction High School and was accepted into the Rural Health Opportunities Program at Wayne State College. She graduated summa cum laude in 2008 with High Honors upon completion of the John G. Neihardt Scholars Program and her nationally recognized research project. She also received two Bachelors of Science degrees in Biology and Chemical Health Sciences. She earned her Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) in Omaha in 2012. From there, she was accepted into the Accelerated Family Medicine Residency Program at UNMC and is currently completing her training.
Leann’s husband, Landon currently farms near Carleton. They have two boys, Laiden, almost 4 years old and Laik, 21 months old. When they are not on the road between Omaha and Carleton, they enjoy outdoor activities and attending community events together.
Dr. Heinrichs stated, “I am very excited to be joining the TCHS team. The professional staff and friendly environment made Thayer County Health Services an obvious choice for me. It is a wonderful practice opportunity, but equally as important, a great fit for my family. We look forward to becoming part of a new community.”



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2014 Baby Booklet

2014 Baby Booklet
Thayer County Health Services is getting ready to publish their 2014 “Birth Announcement” baby booklet featuring the newborns born at our hospital this year. If you are a parent or guardian and still need to fill out a permission slip, you can download one from this link.
You can email your digital photos to Rita Luongo, Marketing Director, – 402-768-1584

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Thayer County Health Services achieves Stage 6 Recognition

Thayer County Health Services achieves Stage 6 Recognition.
On April 13, 2012, Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Analytics announced Thayer County Health Services has achieved Stage 6 on the EMR Adoption Model. As of April 2012, only 332 US hospitals have achieved Stage 6, only 345 in the world and only one in Nebraska. Thayer County Health Services is the 1st hospital in Nebraska to achieve Stage 6 recognition.

Complete List of Stage 6 Hospitals

Stage 6 Press Release

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