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In 2015, Memorial Community Hospital & Health System's (MCH&HS) surgical team performed 418 surgeries. The MCH&HS Infection prevention surveillance program has identified MCH&HS as having zero surgical site infections in 2015.

Surgical site infections (SSIs) are an infection that happens after surgery in the part of the body where the surgery took place. A surgical wound infection occurs when micro -organisms from the skin or the environment enter the incision that the surgeon makes through the skin in order to carry out the operation. SSIs are known as a Healthcare Associated Infection (HAI) that can occur in the hospital or home settings. Some averages reported nationally are that 1 in 24 patients who undergo inpatient surgery in the United States has a postoperative SSI.

The MCH&HS Healthcare team follows evidence based practices to keep its patients safe and infection free on a continuing basis. Infection prevention strategies are initiated at the first patient encounter and followed throughout the patients' journey as MCH&HS partners with them to heal and promote health.

MCH&HS is pleased to report this success to our community and proud to serve our community members. "It is so important for our patients and community that we have a team so committed to ensuring patient safety and quality of care especially within the surgical realm. We are excited to attain the status of a Zero Surgical Site Infection facility and proud to offer this high level of service to our Burt and Washington County patients."

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For Immediate Release
Date: December 4, 2016
Contact: Molly Dahlgren-402-426-1464

Memorial Community Hospital & Health System Receives National Recognition for Performance Leadership in Patient Perspectives and Financial Strength

Blair, NE, September 2015 – Memorial Community Hospital & Health System today announced it has been recognized by iVantage Health Analytics and the National Organization of State Office of Rural Health (NOSORH) for overall excellence in Patient Perspectives and Financial Strength, reflecting top quartile performance among all acute care hospitals in the nation.

“We are extremely proud of this achievement and all of the work from our staff, physicians, physician assistants and leaders. Our team at MCH&HS is a group of very talented and dedicated individuals who continually strive for excellence in patient care. We are grateful for the ongoing commitment to excellence from our volunteer Board members and our sponsors. It is an honor to receive this recognition,” said Bob Copple, president and chief executive officer of MCH&HS.

The rankings have been designated by the Hospital Strength INDEX™, the industry’s most comprehensive and objective assessment of hospital performance. In partnership with NOSORH, iVantage Health Analytics has developed a data-driven program designed to identify excellence across a broad spectrum of indicators relevant to hospital performance and patient care. The Hospital Strength INDEX™ captures performance metrics for more than 4,000 acute care hospitals, including over 1,300 rural and Critical Access Hospitals. Leveraging data from public data sources, INDEX aggregates data from 66 individual metrics into three major categories and
9 pillars to derive a single strength overall rating for each facility.

“These top quartile performers should take great pride in this recognition. It showcases their commitment to continuous performance analysis and improvement. On this occasion of National Rural Health Day, it’s an honor to celebrate their achievement as they continue to serve their communities despite the many market, regulatory and financial pressures they face,” said Michael Topchik, senior vice president of iVantage Health Analytics.

About MCH&HS

Memorial Community Hospital & Health System has been serving the residents of Burt and Washington Counties for nearly 60 years. The hospital, and its network of outreach clinics and home healthcare services, continues to heal, nurture and promote health by proactively identifying and meeting the needs of these communities. For more information, visit


The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) was established in 1995 to assist State Offices of Rural Health in their efforts to improve access to, and the quality of, health care for America’s 61 million rural citizens. NOSORH enhances the capacity of SORHs to do this by supporting the development of state and community rural health leaders; creating and facilitating state, regional and national partnerships that foster information sharing and spur rural health-related programs/activities; and enhancing access to quality healthcare services in rural communities

About iVantage Health Analytics

iVantage is a leading business analytic and advisory services company a unique combination of technology, content, and expert advisory services accelerates decision making for the new healthcare. For more information please visit

For more details about iVantage Health Analytics or to schedule an interview, please call Amy Weickert, at 207-245-6769 or email More information about the Hospital Strength INDEX™ can be found at

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For Immediate Release
Date: November 17, 2015
Contact: Molly Dahlgren - 402-426-1464

MCH&HS Tree of Life Campaign Underway

Memorial Community Hospital & Health System’s 2015 Annual Tree of Life Campaign will soon be underway! The Tree of Life Campaign gives others an opportunity to sponsor the “Holiday Tree,” located in the MCH&HS main lobby, in honor of a close friend or relative, or someone special that is gone but not forgotten. This year, decorative bulbs with names of donors and those being remembered will be displayed on the tree. The funds raised through this year’s Tree of Life campaign will be used to purchase a Zimmer Tourniquet ATS 4000, which is used during surgeries that need decreased blood flow to an area in order to decrease bleeding. This tourniquet can also help decrease postoperative pain. The support of the hospital’s many donors plays an important role in ensuring that MCH&HS exceeds the needs of their patients and families. MCH&HS continues its commitment to making a difference by leading with innovation, delivering quality service, and serving with compassion. 


To sponsor the “Holiday Tree” or to learn more about the 2015 Annual Tree of Life Campaign, contact Molly Dahlgren at 402-426-1464.


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For release
October 19, 2015
Contact: Molly Dahlgren – 402-426-1464

Memorial Community Hospital & Health System Receives Trauma Designation

(Blair, NE) – Memorial Community Hospital & Health System in Blair recently received a Basic Level Trauma Center designation from the Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS). This designation requires certification, and all nurses and providers must obtain additional education and training leading to a higher quality of care.

The Basic Level Trauma Center designation is valid for four years. During the four year period, the DHHS will monitor MCH&HS’s compliance by requiring the facility to report data to the Trauma Registry and participate in regional trauma care performance improvement meetings.

Many MCH&HS staff members were recognized as playing an integral role in receiving this designation, including Dr. Amber Beckenhauer, Trauma Medical Director, Keala Roy, Trauma Nurse Coordinator, Dr. Jim Jordan, past Chief of Staff, Dr. Jon Simonson, present Chief of Staff, the Emergency Department Staff, Bob Copple, MCH&HS President & CEO, Laura Stawniak, Chief Nurse Executive, and Judy Sonderup, Quality & Compliance Lead. The local EMS volunteers and MCH Board of Directors were also commended for their efforts.

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For Immediate Release
February 25, 2015
Contact: Molly Dahlgren – 402-426-1464

MCH&HS and Blair Family YMCA to Host First Annual Community Health Fair

Memorial Community Hospital & Health System and the Blair Family YMCA are teaming up for the 1st Annual Community Health Fair on Tuesday, April 7th, from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm at the YMCA, located at1278 Wilbur Street in Blair. Through this health fair, MCH&HS and the YMCA hope to encourage individuals and families to take control of their health by making smart, healthy choices. Community members of all ages are welcome to attend this event.

Informational booths will be present and health screenings will also be available. For those wishing to have a booth, the event is free to non-profit groups, and $25 will be charged to for-profit organizations. If a free health screening is provided, the fee will be waived. The event is free to guests; however, there will be a minimal fee for certain screenings being offered. Biometric screenings including total cholesterol, HDL, blood glucose, blood pressure, and body fat will be available. Blood screenings will require fasting. The first 100 people to get their blood drawn will get the cost partially subsidized by the MCH Foundation.

If you have questions or would like to participate in this year's Community Health Fair, please contact Laura Willey at 402-426-1494 or Molly Dahlgren at 402-426-1464.

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Press Release
October 27, 2014
Contact: Molly Dahlgren – 402-426-1464

Memorial Community Hospital & Health System Receives Award

Memorial Community Hospital & Health System (MCH&HS) was recently named the recipient of the National Hospital Association's (NHA) 2014 Quest for Excellence Award in the Critical Access Hospital (CAH) category. MCH&HS also received the award in 2013.
The Quest for Excellence award is designed to recognize Nebraska hospitals for their outstanding quality improvement activities. It is jointly sponsored by the Nebraska Hospital Association (NHA), CIMRO of Nebraska, the Nebraska Association of Healthcare Quality (NEAHQ), and the Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services System (DHHS) Office of Public Health. There is an award for two different categories, Critical Access Hospital (CAH) and Non-Critical Access Hospital.
Representatives from MCH&HS were presented with the award Caring Kind Luncheon at the NHA annual convention on October 24th in Lincoln.


Shown above receiving NHA's 2014 Quest for Excellence Award are MCH&HS employees Lisha Webster, RN and Quality Lead, Molly Luedtke, RRT and Cardiopulmonary Lead, and Laura Stawniak, RN and Chief Nurse Executive.

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MCH&Health System Community Pulse

Top 20 Critical Access Hospital

After being named a Top 100 Rural Hospital last year, MCH&HS was recently named one of the top 20 critical access hospitals (CAHs) in
the country for its quality performance rating. The Top 20 critical access hospitals, including Memorial Community Hospital & Health System, scored best among critical access hospitals on iVantage Health Analytics' Hospital Strength Index for quality. The list was
announced Sept. 28 during the National Rural Health Association's Critical Access Hospital Conference in Kansas City, Mo.

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Community Needs Health Assessment

Recent Survey Results


The results from our recent Community Needs Health Assessment are in.

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View Implementation Plan »



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hidden in various places. Find all eight fruits and vegetables for your
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Volume 8 | Issue 2 | September 2014


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It is hard to decide where to start when talking about 2013 at Memorial Community Hospital & Health System! We experienced so many changes, received a number of national recognitions for our services, had a very solid year from a financial perspective, and have renewed our focus on serving our communities in Washington and Burt counties. Below, I have highlighted key accomplishments in
a number of areas in 2013. We are truly blessed to provide health services to so many people – I hope you enjoy reading through our Annual MCH&HS Report!

2013 Annual Report

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Message From President & CEO of MCH&HS, Bob Copple

It is my absolute pleasure to have accepted the permanent role as the President and CEO of
MCH&HS. I have enjoyed my time here so far and am excited about the opportunity to continue
serving this community.

We are in the midst of so many changes in health care on a national, state and local level. The
implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the ongoing debate about Medicaid expansion in
Nebraska, and federal and state budget reductions are all impacting how we will receive health
care in the future. The exact end point is still unclear, but we can expect to see material changes
as the Affordable Care Act changes really start happening in January 2014.

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Volume 6 | Issue 2 | July 2013



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NEW CT Machine

Memorial Community Hospital & Health System (MCH&HS) has recently purchased a new CT machine (also known as a CAT scan). This CT helps reduce radiation use during exams by up to 60%, has a wider opening to increase patient comfort, can support up to 500 pounds, and produces higher quality images. Angie Hodson, Radiology Lead at MCH&HS said, "We are pleased that MCH&HS was chosen to be a show site for the new CT. We are committed to our patients' safety and to offering the best care and technology that we can." Turn to page three for more information.

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Volume 5 | Issue 2

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