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New clinic means more space, magnet for younger doctors

Dignitaries speak at ceremony

A facility to attract younger doctors, and ease cramped conditions, was dedicated with with a ribbon-cutting Saturday afternoon.

Attached to Gothenburg Memorial Hospital, the $2.9 million doctor’s clinic will serve three doctors and two physician assistants that are part of Gothenburg Family Practice, with room left for additional doctors.

The 18,000 square-foot clinic has 21 exam rooms and an office for each of the doctors.

GMH board president Monty Bowman noted that the project wasn’t possible without a $2.5 million loan from the United States Department of Agriculture rural development and a $500,000 loan from Gothenburg State Bank.

Mayor Joyce Hudson joked that roller skates were needed for the staff when they moved in because of the spaciousness of the clinic.

“You who planted it, you who nurtured it and you who watched it grow,” Hudson said, noting that’s what the community is all about.

Denise Meeks, USDA rural development Nebraska community programs director, said the USDA is now working with nine hospitals, including GMH, in different phases of construction throughout the state.

“Health care is important to USDA rural development and the Nebraska citizens it serves,” Meeks said. “Facilities, such as this great clinic, are valuable assets that support the communities far into the future.”

Matt Williams of Gothenburg State Bank described the clinic as an example of dreaming big, noting other dreams that have come to fruition.

“Who would dream that Gothenburg could be home to one of two corn gathering facilities for Frito Lay in the United States and who would dream that we would be home to Monsanto Water Utilization Learning Center, and who could dream of a new school and an expanded and renovated hospital?” he asked. The answer is us, the people of Gothenburg.”

Williams said the future is bright but there is more work to do, quoting Winston Churchill who said: “We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.”

Physician chief-of-staff Jay Matzke noted that the hospital board has undertaken five building projects in the past 14 years and paid for four of them.

Profits, at the hospital, during the same time frame have totalled $8 million, he said.

And, of the 4,000 critical access hospitals in the United States, Matzke said GMH is ranked 32nd.

The ranking was based on five financial indicators of 1,326 hospitals surveyed.

Congratulatory letters, from the offices of U.S. senators Ben Nelson and Mike Johanns, were also read.

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