Advance Healthcare Services
On July 17, 1947, a meeting of concerned Seward citizens proved to be the springboard for today’s comprehensive, technologically advanced healthcare services.
Needing $170,000 in matching funds under the federally sponsored Hill-Burton Plan, residents launched a successful fundraising campaign that included coyote hunts, raffles, auctions, suppers and door-to-door canvassing. Nearly two years after that first meeting, a groundbreaking ceremony was held. Seward’s Memorial Hospital opened its doors on September 1, 1950.
Fast-forward 55 years. Memorial Hospital has evolved into a successful, integrated healthcare system with a mission to provide multi-levels of care to the people of Seward County. Each step taken was made possible through the community’s support and the commitment of Memorial’s excellent employees. The changes made through the years are a reflection of the community’s needs and the evolution of the provision of healthcare.
The founders’ dreams flourish under the banner of Memorial Health Care Systems, a non-profit, community-based healthcare corporation that employs more than 350 people. It features three physician clinics, 10 physicians, two physician assistants, and 16 specialty physicians who provide consultations in Seward on a regular basis.
A recent $6.5 million upgrade includes private hospital rooms, a special procedures room, and the latest imaging equipment. The facility has a brand-new emergency room, waiting area and lobby, which offer patients and their families higher levels of privacy.
Memorial Hospital provides acute and skilled patient care, cardiac rehabilitation, obstetric services, pulmonary medicine, nutritional counseling, physical therapy, radiology and an assisted living wing. It also sponsors dozens of wellness programs and a 55PLUS program, which features many “pluses” for area residents over age 55.
Memorial’s Anna Sundermann Homes are comprised of two long-term care facilities. Sundermann Homes provides skilled and hospice care, short-term rehabilitative services, respite care and adult day services. As a licensed Alzheimer’s special care provider, Sundermann has a special unit and programs for those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or related disorders. Sundermann is a Lifeline personal response system provider.
The MHCS Family Medical Centers (located in Seward, Milford and Utica) employ 10 physicians specializing in family practice, two physician assistants, and three registered pharmacists.
The Foundation for Memorial Health Care Systems works daily to establish funding for grants, new programs, enhancing current services, new medical equipment and improving quality of life for patients and residents. For more information, see www.mhcs.us.
Seward is also served by dentists, orthodontists, optometrists, chiropractors, pharmacists and visiting medical specialists. Other services available are elderly day care, mental healthcare, home healthcare, and senior citizen transportation.
Seward County is part of the seven-county Blue Valley Mental Health organization. It is also a member of the four-county Four Corners Health Department.