Construction of the new St. Mary's Community Hospital is on schedule for an October 2014 opening and fundraising is coming along, the hospital president told a group gathered at Janie's Confections Wednesday morning for Nebraska City tourism and Commerce's “hot topics” coffee.
Dan Kelly about half of the steel framework for the new hospital is up and the projects remains on track for an opening a year from now.
The hospital began the $48 million project anticipating a need to raise $5 million from donations and has reached about $4.4 million this fall.
“Fundraising has gone exceptionally well,” he said.
He also credited Nebraska City for “financial multitasking.”
He said while the high-speed Internet franchise approved Monday by the city council was not directly a hospital project, it is good news for the hospital and its vision for the future of health care here.
Kelly says the current building achieves bandwidth with 18 T-1 lines, which are dedicated phone lines capable of carrying 1.5 megabits of data per second. The city's agreement with Spiral Communications promises up to a gigabit of data per second, about 1,000 megabits.
“Every decision we make seems to take up more bandwidth. With every new piece of technology, every piece of diagnostic equipment and every innovation with medical records we push our limits of bandwidth,” he said.
He said while the new hospital will improve patient experience by offering up to 12 providers simultaneously in general practice and specialties, it will remain a part of the larger health care community for procedures such as dialysis.
Kelly said there has been a persistent desire for dialysis, a medical treatment for removing waste and excess water from blood that is offered in Lincoln, Omaha and Shenandoah.
He said the treatment is offered in communities within 45 minutes of Nebraska City is nearly every direction. He said there is a feeling that while people may not be “unserved” they are “underserved.”