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Stay Fit and Healthy in Kearney, NE

Residents here benefit from quality health care and wellness options close to home.

By Patsy B. Weiler on January 3, 2022

Kearney Regional Medical Center in Nebraska
Kearney Regional Medical Center

The heartbeat of Kearney and Buffalo County is its great people. Helping to keep them strong and well is a top-notch selection of outstanding health professionals who provide the latest technologies, services and individualized care.

Kearney Regional Medical Center is the area’s first physician-guided, full-service, acute-care hospital. Many of its physicians have served the medical needs of their neighbors for generations. The Kearney hospital is home to a 24-hour emergency room, an intensive care unit, a maternity care center and a Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, or NICU.

One-Stop Shop

Opened in 2014, the Kearney Regional Medical Center also includes
a full-service medical clinic and 93-bed surgical and outpatient center
utilizing the latest technology and medical practices.

After interviewing in and researching many different communities across the country, Dr. Linda Ferrer, general cardiologist, decided Kearney was the perfect place to build her practice. “We ultimately chose Kearney as our home because we feel the town is safe, easy to navigate and has great schools and opportunities for our children,” Ferrer says.

Care providers have a crucial responsibility to encourage their patients to be actively involved in their health and wellness, she says. “I look forward to building an inclusive practice at Kearney Regional, where patients’ concerns can be acknowledged and addressed,” Ferrer says.

Dr. Kenton L. Shaffer Emergency Care Center at CHI Health Good Samaritan
CHI Health Good Samaritan

Built on Service in Kearney

Founded by the Sisters of Saint Francis in 1924, CHI Health Good Samaritan was established around the mission of serving others. The 268-bed hospital’s accessible location along Interstate 80 provides peace of mind for the surrounding rural population knowing they don’t have to drive hundreds of miles for care.

Good Samaritan offers a Level II trauma center with AirCare emergency helicopter transport, a Level II NICU and the freestanding Richard Young Behavioral Health facility.

Caring for the Community

CHI Health Good Samaritan focuses on the area’s health and wellness with support of community programs like HealthyMINDS, a behavioral health coalition, and HelpCare Clinic, which coordinates care and chronic disease management for individuals without financial means.

Kimber Bonner, vice president of patient care services, worked earlier at Good Samaritan, left for a larger metropolitan area, then returned.

“Kearney is the perfect balance between small town and city. Nearly everything you need – including exceptional health care – is never more than a 10-minute drive,” she says. “Our team understands the importance of encouraging healthy living while offering specialized care. We work with patients to maximize their health, whether it’s getting more exercise, improving nutrition or managing risk factors with medication. When medical intervention is needed, we work with the patient to make the best personal plan.”

Staying Fit in Kearney

The Kearney Family YMCA has built a solid legacy of being a force for positive change, serving people of all ages for nearly 30 years. An exciting time of expansion is on the horizon, as the organization is in the final stretch of the $8.8 million “Healthier Tomorrows” capital campaign.

Some of the eagerly anticipated changes will be doubling the size of the current center to more than 13,500 square feet to include a community meeting room and learning kitchen, group activity studios and more.

“We are on a mission to improve the health of our community through programs that promote active and healthy lifestyles. The expanded footprint will better enable the YMCA to reduce risk factors for chronic diseases and offer new and innovative community-integrated health initiatives like teaching people how to properly prepare meals and what a healthy diet looks like,” says CEO Ray Longoria. “The Y provides a safe place for youth to learn and grow. We are excited about a bold, bright and healthy future for our community.”

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