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The highest standard of healthcare is easily accessed in Kearney, with technology at the cutting-edge of the medical industry and personal care by dedicated professionals. Today, around 120 medical doctors practice specialties ranging from anesthesiology and cardiology to podiatry and urology. The large family of healthcare professionals includes more than 400 registered nurses and many other specialists such as oral surgeons, orthodontists, chiropractors and more.

Good Samaritan Hospital is a regional, nonprofit healthcare provider serving more than 355,000 patients in central and western Nebraska, as well as northern Kansas—an area that covers more than 38,300 square miles. One of only 100 international Planetree affiliates, Good Samaritan is a member of Catholic Health Initiatives—one of the largest Catholic healthcare networks in the nation.

The 207-bed Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney stands as a regional referral center offering a comprehensive listing of services and programs for all those in need, regardless of the ability to pay. The medical/surgical, acute care hospital is home to several centers of excellence, which include the Nebraska Joint Replacement Center, the Cancer Center at Good Samaritan Hospital, the Good Samaritan Heart Center featuring Nebraska’s first accredited Chest Pain Center, the Back and Spine Institute, and Behavioral Health Services, plus a Level II Trauma Center (one of the highest verified levels of trauma care in Nebraska).

The reach of Good Samaritan’s high-quality and compassionate care is extended through such services as the AirCare Emergency Helicopter Program; long-distance ground ambulance services; inpatient, outpatient and specialized industrial rehabilitation; behavioral health; and much more. Good Samaritan is proud to be part of the Mid-Nebraska Telemedicine Network, a program that ultimately enables healthcare specialists to consult, advise and assist with medical procedures from a distance, while allowing patients and families to remain close to home.

Good Samaritan’s Richard H. Young Hospital is an 80-bed behavioral health facility offering inpatient and outpatient hospitalization and treatment for adults and adolescents. Complete acute care and psychiatric counseling services are provided.

Good Samaritan Hospital recently expanded its NICU into a 10,352-square-foot space on its second floor. The new unit is built around the idea that families whose babies need a higher level of care should have their own private space. That space features nine new “personal NICU” rooms designed to promote a baby’s growth and wellness through special lighting, acoustics and alarm systems that accommodate the unique developmental needs of premature, sick and multiple-birth infants while creating a private bonding space for the family.

In the summer of 2012, GSH will open a 64,000-square-foot expansion that includes the Ron and Carol Cope Heart Center. The Heart Center will feature new cardiac catheterization labs, a full non-invasive cardiovascular testing area and operating rooms equipped and sized for open heart surgery. The expansion will also create new operating rooms, new endoscopy suites, a new surgery gathering area for families, hallways that are more convenient for visitors, a new dining room and new kitchen.

Buffalo County is home to Buffalo County Community Partners, a locally driven, nationally leading healthy community initiative. The Partners mission is to assess, strengthen and promote the overall health and well-being of Buffalo County. The county’s top 10 health issues have been identified and are the focus of thousands of volunteers working in partnership to build a healthier place to live.

Kearney is ideally located in the center of one of the country’s healthiest counties, even having attained a national award in 2000—Well City USA. The Buffalo County/Kearney area was named by America’s Promise Alliance in its first-ever national competition to identify the 100 Best Communities for Young People. The area received the 100 Best honor, in part, due to the volunteer opportunities for youth, mentoring programs, youth leadership programs and youth advocacy initiatives.

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