Regional medical center holding open house this weekend

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Published: Mar. 14, 2023 at 7:44 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - This weekend people will have a chance to tour a medical facility in Grand Island.

Members of the community will get behind the scenes access of the Grand Island Regional Medical Center on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and hear from staff about each room. The hospital opened in August 2020 but couldn’t provide an open house due to the pandemic. However, they feel now is the time.

“We wanted to wait until we felt it was safe and we wanted to mindful of the you know crowd gathering, so now we feel like is a great time,” Larry Speicher, CEO of Grand Island Regional Medical Center said. “We’ve been open for you know just about two and a half years. We want to show the public what we have and we’re excited to invite everybody out.”

Since 2020, the hospital has gained quite a bit of clientele.

“With our 67 bed hospital we probably, on any given day probably have anywhere from 30 to 35 patients,” said Speicher. “We have 25 to 30 patients come in through our emergency department. Our surgery schedule, we have nearly four of the five operating rooms open.”

Speicher said, GIRMC has made great progress since opening. He’s also confident their staff and services will make them the hospital of choice in the market.

“We have a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit staffed by neonatal nurse practitioners in collaboration with Bryan Medical Center and their physician neonatologist, who collaborate with us to provide those services and we’ve added Bryan Heart.”

Speicher said, Bryan Heart is a group of cardiologist that is at the hospital daily to provide more cardiac support to central Nebraska. Adding, the location of the facility was apart of the strategy as well.

“Strategic location, very visible from highway 281 and 34 and Husker highway,” said Speicher. “We think that people coming from all over Central Nebraska to Grand Island for health care services, and we think that the access to this location is very easy.”

Speicher said, the location of the hospital gives people great access top their service for decades to come, and they have plenty of room to expand.