The Kearney County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved scheduling a special election for a $10 million bond issue for renovation of Kearney County Health Services at the Tuesday morning regular meeting.
The special election on the bond issue will be held on March 15.
The proposed renovation has been in the planning stages since April 2009, however hospital officials were waiting for approval by the Kearney County Board of Supervisors before going public with the plans.
The planned renovation will include several improvements to the facility, built in 1954, including adding a new patient wing and renovating the existing 12 in-patient rooms to allow for improved outpatient service areas.
The new patient wing will have 10 in-patient rooms with handicapped accessible bathrooms.
The main focus for the proposed renovation will be the emergency room, said Fred Meis, KCHS CEO. “Our emergency room is too small, it is currently only a one bay emergency room and is very crowded,” said Meis. “ The plans are to expand the emergency room, renovate it so that it is a two bay emergency room and it will be about 2/3 larger than our current emergency room giving us adequate space. In addition, we are going to convert what is now our cardiac rehab room into a procedure room which will also serve as a backup room for our emergency room.”
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