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Fischer Tours Ogallala Hospital
KNOP-TV (May 29, 2013)
Ogallala hospital begins $2M expansion project
North Platte Telegraph (Feb. 14, 2013)
Ogallala Community Hospital expands OB offerings
OGALLALA, NE (Dec. 6, 2013) – Ogallala Community Hospital has added a number of parenting classes, childbirth preparation classes and the services of a lactation consultant to expand offerings at the hospital for young families.
Six Banner Health hospitals named top performers
Ogallala Community Hospital ranks among top hospitals
OGALLALA, NE (Nov. 21, 2013) – As part of National Rural Health Day on Nov. 21, the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health highlighted the accomplishment of Ogallala Community Hospital being named a HealthStrong™ Award winner by iVantage Health Analytics.
Basic Life Support class available for community
OGALLALA, NE (Nov. 5, 2013) – Ogallala Community Hospital will offer a Basic Life Support Class for community members.
New human resources professional joins hospital
OGALLALA, NE (Nov. 4, 2013) – Ogallala Community Hospital welcomes Laurie Sinner as Chief Human Resources Officer for the facility.
Banner Health welcomes new general surgeon
OGALLALA, Neb. (Sept. 11, 2013) – Banner Health welcomes general surgeon Shane Banks, D.O., FACS to Ogallala Community Hospital.
Banner Health Clinic to offer school sports physicals
OGALLALA, Neb. (July 1, 2013) – Banner Health Clinic healthcare providers will offer back-to-school sports physicals 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. July 15 and 17 for area students entering seventh through 12th grades.
Prenatal class available from Ogallala Community Hospital
OGALLALA, Neb. (May 28, 2013) – Ogallala Community Hospital will offer a childbirth class for pregnant women on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 4-5.
Four Banner Health hospitals named top performers
Ogallala Community Hospital ranks among top rural facilities
OGALLALA, Neb. (March 14, 2013) – Four Banner Health hospitals including Ogallala Community Hospital recently have been named HealthStrong™ Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in the United States.
Ogallala Community Hospital announces clinic expansion
OGALLALA, Neb. (Feb. 8, 2013) – Ogallala Community Hospital has announced a $2 million expansion to accommodate more outpatient clinic services in the community.
OGALLALA, Neb. (Feb. 4, 2013) – Ogallala Community Hospital’s medical imaging department completed a perfect inspection with the Food and Drug Administration in January for its breast imaging services
Ogallala Community Hospital’s flu season is typical – for now
OGALLALA, Neb. (Jan. 11, 2013) – As the flu begins to hit hard in other parts of the country, Ogallala Community Hospital officials said local numbers remain comparable to previous seasons.
Banner Health physicians answer questions about multiple sclerosis
OGALLALA, Neb. (Jan. 4, 2013) – Ogallala Community Hospital invites the community to learn more about the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of multiple sclerosis.
Poison proof your home for the holidays
OGALLALA, Neb. (Dec. 11, 2012) — The holidays are known to bring a greater volume of patients to the hospital for emergency care.
Ogallala Community Hospital introduces Wellness Wednesday
OGALLALA, Neb. (Dec. 10, 2012) – Ogallala Community Hospital hopes to make wellness more convenient for area patients by offering comprehensive blood screenings every Wednesday.
Ogallala Community Hospital dons pink gloves for breast cancer awareness
OGALLALA, Neb. (Oct. 2, 2012) – The Pink Glove Dance is spreading…to Ogallala Community Hospital. More than 50 staff members plus family and friends in the community are starring in their own Pink Glove Dance video to help spread the word about breast cancer awareness and prevention.
Ogallala Community Hospital employees receive scholarships
OGALLALA, Neb. (Aug. 14, 2012) – Two employees at Ogallala Community Hospital have earned scholarships to help further their education in health care.
Ogallala Community Hospital welcomes Dr. Van Wahlgren
Lind named CEO of Ogallala Community Hospital
OGALLALA, Neb. (April 2, 2012) – Sharon Lind has been named the new chief executive officer at Ogallala Community Hospital, effective Monday, April 2, announced Jim Ferando, Western Region president for Banner Health.
Crystal Orr, PA-C, joins Ogallala Community Hospital
OGALLALA, Neb. (Dec. 1, 2011) – Banner Health is pleased to welcome Crystal Orr, PA-C, to Ogallala Community Hospital and Ogallala Medical Group.
Andy Byers named Ogallala’s 2011 Caring Kind Award Recipient
LAVISTA, Neb. (Nov. 15, 2011) — For 32 years, the Nebraska Hospital Association (NHA) has paid tribute to the state’s most caring hospital workers by honoring them with the Caring Kind Award. Andy Byers, maintenance tech, at Banner Health Ogallala Community Hospital was recently recognized during the Caring Kind Awards Luncheon held on Oct. 21 in LaVista, Neb.
Three Banner Health Hospitals named Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Sept. 29, 2011)—Three Banner Health hospitals have been named to the list of the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in America, by the National Rural Health Association during its annual conference.
Bob Edwards leaving OCH for new CEO role
OGALLALA, Neb. (Aug. 10, 2011) - Bob Edwards, chief executive officer at Ogallala Community Hospital, will be leaving that post to assume a new CEO role at Banner Lassen Medical Center in Susanville, Calif., on Sept. 12. Julie Klein, associate administrator for Banner’s North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley, Colo., will serve as interim CEO at OCH while a search for a permanent CEO is conducted.
New Chief Nursing Officer joins Ogallala Community Hospital
OGALLALA, Neb. (July 6, 2011) – Lori Schoenholz, RN, BSN, has been named the Chief Nursing Officer for Banner Health Ogallala Community Hospital.
OCH participates in WCMRS disaster preparedness drill
OGALLALA, Neb. (June 7, 2011)--While we can not predict what will happen, the Ogallala Community Hospital is learning from and working with the other hospitals in our region to create a realistic plan for disaster response that anticipates real risks for our area.
Ogallala Community Hospital implements iCare technology
OGALLALA, Neb. (May 11, 2011) – An advanced, additional layer of care for hospitalized patients in need of Intensive Care now is available at Ogallala Community Hospital. The hospital joins 15 other Banner Health facilities in providing eICU® technology, but is the only rural facility in western Nebraska currently utilizing this innovative technology
Ogallala Community Hospital wins four Banner's Best Awards
OGALLALA, Neb. (Feb. 23, 2010) – Banner Health has awarded Ogallala Community Hospital four Banner’s Best Awards for meeting and exceeding benchmarks on quality health care initiatives set by Banner Health’s senior management team. Awards were presented during the 9th annual virtual Banner's 2011 Leadership Conference held Feb. 23
Ogallala Community Hospital developing Culture of Safety
OGALLALA, Neb. (Dec. 14, 2009)--In November 1999 the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released its landmark report, To Err is Human, which estimated that as many as 98,000 people die each year in hospitals because of preventable medical harm. Over the past decade, hospitals across Nebraska have taken numerous steps to develop an improved culture of safety within their organization.
Ogallala Medical Group nurse honored with Caring Kind Award
LINCOLN, Neb. (Nov. 2, 2009)—For 30 years, the Nebraska Hospital Association (NHA) has paid tribute to Nebraska's most caring hospital workers with the Caring Kind award. Sandy Deckert, RN, of Banner Health Ogallala Medical Group was one of the 72 people honored at the 30th Anniversary of the Caring Kind Awards Luncheon held on Oct. 16 at The Cornhusker Marriott Hotel.