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Central City breaks ground on new medical center

Hospital and community leaders prepare to break ground on the new Merrick Medical Center.
Hospital and community leaders prepare to break ground on the new Merrick Medical Center.(Alicia Naspretto, KSNB)
Published: Sep. 28, 2020 at 9:51 PM CDT
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CENTRAL CITY, Neb. (KSNB) - Central City took a huge step on Monday in a project they’ve been working on for nearly two decades. The community held a ground-breaking ceremony for the new Merrick Medical Center, just on the edge of town.

The new location is just off US 30 and is quite an upgrade from the city’s current hospital.

“This new facility will allow us to do more procedures for our medical clinic," hospital CEO Patrick Avila told Local4 News. "We are going to have more office space so more patients can see our primary care physicians. From a specialty perspective, we’ll be able to do more OR procedures, more surgical procedures. We’ll have more specialists who want to come to this community so we can really keep healthcare local.”

A drawing of the future Merrick Medical Center sat on display during the ground breaking on Monday.
A drawing of the future Merrick Medical Center sat on display during the ground breaking on Monday.(Alicia Naspretto, KSNB)

“We will have some increased types of specialty services and better OR services and things like that," Chief of Staff Traci Dieckmann said. "We really, really want to promote the wellness aspect of that. We’re building a beautiful rehab facility as part of that and walking trails and things like that so we can create a place where people can come when they’re well too.”

Dieckmann said all of the new services will help the hospital keep up with the ever-changing needs of the community.

“We try to do the best can to bring the best care for our community and be on top of the cutting edge as far as medicine goes, but we are kind of stuck at the facility we’re at," she said. "Growth and expansion and coming up to serve the needs is getting tougher and tougher.”

The whole project was made possible due to community donations and a sponsorship from the Dinsdale family. The staff said this process really show how supported they are in the area.

“It’s really something historically Central City has done for its medical center here," Avila said. "It means the world to me, it means the world to our medical center. It means we’re doing the right things for our communities.”

“We hear it all the time and we know it’s there, but to see the people come out and be in support of it is just huge," Dieckmann said. "We know the community has been waiting for this for a long time and to some extent wondering if and when it’s going to be a reality.”

The community won’t be waiting much longer. The site is expected to be up and running by March 2022.

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