Kearney County Health Services broke ground on the next stage of the hospital expansion with a ceremony on Wednesday, September 28. Fred Meis, the hospital CEO, welcomed guests. He explained that the hospital was beginning phase two of the renovation project. Phase one had included new heating and air systems, as well as a complete sprinkler system for fire control. Phase two plans to improve patient rooms, as well as expanding the hospital grounds.
Minden Mayor Roger Jones spoke after Meis. He commented that two institutions make a community what it is- education and health care. He expressed praise of Kearney County for maintaining excellent systems for both. He said the renovation would move an “old, tired building” into the 21st century.
Richard Schwenka, the Chairman of the Kearney County Board of Supervisors, spoke about memories at the current KCHS. He talked about having his tonsils out. He recalled a dislocated finger in the 70s when Dr. Prince stepped on his foot and jerked the finger back in place. He reminisced about his children’s births and trips with them to the same hospital. He thanked the 817 supporting voters who made the project possible.
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