A small Nebraska hospital is getting a big grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture
Brodstone Memorial Hospital in Superior is expanding its specialty clinic.
Karen Tinkham, public relations director, says the additional space will accommodate more visiting doctors.
“The specialists have such a difficult schedule that they only have certain days they can come to Superior,” Tinkham tells Nebraska Radio Network, “and there are days when we have no specialists here, but we might have as many as three or four on other days.”
The $7 million expansion project will add a basement, first, and second floor for records space, the clinic and a new pharmacy.
The $300,000 USDA Rural Economic Development grant was awarded to the city, which will pass it onto the independent, nonprofit hospital.
Larry Brittenham, City of Superior utilities manager, says the funding will go to the purchase of new equipment.
“Exam room tables, chairs, medical equipment, crash cart, the new pharmacy will have roller shelves to save on space,” Brittenham tells Nebraska Radio Network. “The grant covers nearly all of the needed equipment.”
The clinic will add another ten exam rooms and three offices for visiting doctors who come from as far away as Lincoln, Norfolk, and Hastings.
“And they see patients at our facility, so the patients don’t have to travel,” Tinkham says. “Our goal is to take care of our patients and we want to make it more accommodating for them, and this new addition will do that.”
She says the specialty clinic has seen tremendous growth since its last expansion in 2010.
Most patients come from six area counties in Nebraska and Kansas.