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Kearney hospital eyes partnership with Lincoln-based Bryan Health

Kearney hospital eyes partnership with Lincoln-based Bryan Health

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KEARNEY, Neb. — Kearney Regional Medical Center and Lincoln’s Bryan Health system soon could become partners.

Physicians and administrators from the two health care institutions are exploring a potential partnership and operating model, said Bill Calhoun, CEO of the Kearney hospital, which opened in 2014.

The medical center’s name would not change, but it would be branded as a Bryan Health System entity if the plan comes to fruition.

Under the plan, the 850 employees in Kearney would become Bryan Health employees. No job loss is anticipated. As services are expanded, jobs could be added, Calhoun said.

Since opening with 22 beds, the Kearney facility now has 93. Its maternity unit opened in 2017. Four busy modular units sit adjacent to the hospital. It adjoins Platte Valley Medical Center.

“Partnering with a Nebraska-based health system like Bryan Health will allow KRMC access to a more extensive network of resources while still maintaining its physician-led operating model,” Calhoun said.

He said that Kearney patients have been transferred to Bryan Health campuses for care that requires highly specialized equipment and expertise, and that the medical staff in Kearney has many relationships with physicians in Lincoln.

“Bryan’s operational and acute care capabilities, along with its track record of shared governance and decision-making with physicians, makes them potentially a perfect partner as we look to enhance our services,” he said.

Bryan Health treats patients from every Nebraska county, along with parts of South Dakota, Kansas, Iowa and Missouri. A central Nebraska presence would expand those services.

Russ Gronewold, CEO of Bryan Health, said the proposal has “key aspects critical for Bryan Health. We are learning that there is a cultural fit and an opportunity to complement the excellent physician-led care provided at Kearney Regional Medical Center with additional specialty services.”

He added that the partnership would create jobs and keep financial resources in the central Nebraska and Kearney region.

Kearney’s other hospital, Good Samaritan, has 268 beds, according to its website.

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