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Published on July 01, 2017

Litzenberg Hospital Now Part of Bryan Health Network

Central City — This July, Litzenberg Memorial County Hospital will officially become part of Bryan Health’s regional network of hospitals, doctors and other medical providers — a culmination of a partnership between the hospital and Bryan Health since 2013.

When the acquisition is complete on June 30, the hospital will display a new name: Merrick Medical Center.

The new name is just one of many developments local communities can expect from the hospital. Plans are underway to construct an entirely new hospital and physician clinic in Central City. $1.7 million has already been committed toward a goal to raise at least $5 million to begin construction. Replacing the aging facilities with new architecture, equipment and technology are in the plans.

“We are still the care providers you know and trust during times of illness and injury, and now our focus is expanding to embrace our role in keeping people healthy throughout their lives,” said Julie Murray, chief executive officer. “As we join Bryan Health, we are providing a more comprehensive approach to individual health.”

“We are thrilled to have the team in Central City join our 4,500 employees in Nebraska,” said Kimberly Russel, president and CEO of Bryan Health. “With a superb medical staff in place, community excitement, a talented staff and a desire to improve the health of people, Merrick Medical Center is an outstanding addition to our health system.”

Merrick Medical Center is building a care model that integrates health and life services by:

  • Increasing access to specialty care locally through telehealth. Through the affiliation with Bryan Health’s Lincoln-based network of providers, the center will soon begin offering specialized psychiatric and dermatology services via telehealth technology for those in need locally.
  • Continuing and expanding wellness connections. In addition to engaging members of the community in fitness-related activities using #happyexercisingmc, where everyone is encouraged to inspire others by sharing photos of their own healthy lifestyle choices, the center will expand to include programs such as Workplace Wellness and Tai Chi for seniors.
  • Creating a transition team to help hospital patients stay healthy after discharge. The new team will begin identifying individualized patient needs immediately upon admission, working closely with patients, families and providers to arrange a post-discharge care plan that includes all services needed to stay healthy after leaving the hospital, including community-based and in-home care.
  • Inspiring health and fitness at an early age. The center will partner with local schools to offer low-cost, onsite sports physicals, as well as athletic training services and health education for students and coaches.

“Our vision is to make healthy living easier for everyone to achieve, so our commitment to health is as much about helping people improve their lives as it is about improving their health,” Murray said.

For post-acute care, Merrick Medical Center will continue the longstanding relationship with Litzenberg Long Term Care, which will now be managed by the Good Samaritan Society. In addition to managing the staff and daily operations of the long-term care facility, Good Samaritan Society will bring many new resources and services to the community, including home health and hospice care.

Leaders and staff at Merrick Medical Center will host a Celebration of Health & Life on the Fourth of July. The community wide event will take place at the fairgrounds during Lone Tree Days. 

View Merrick Medical Center Website

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