CALLAWAY–The Callaway District Hospital is celebrating National Hospital Week with a community appreciation BBQ and an Open House of the new addition this Friday, May 13.
The BBQ is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, May 13. The public is invited to enjoy free BBQ (made by Greg Johnson) and recognize the importance of the hospital and clinic staff.
Also on Friday, May 13 from 3 to 5 p.m. will be an Open House of the Specialty Clinic and Senior Life Solutions addition (on the northeast side of the building). All are invited to take a tour, ask questions about services offered, and see the growth of the facility. A ribbon cutting will take place at 3 p.m.
Callaway District Hospital & Medical Clinics CEO Brett Eggleston and Chief Financial Officer Caleb Poore spoke with KCNI/KBBN on the Get Up and Go Breakfast Show last week. They said National Hospital Week is all about celebrating everything the hospital and clinic staff do each and every day for their patients.
The week will feature special events, meals, and activities to thank the staff and let them know they are appreciated, especially in the rural areas of central Nebraska.
“For a town of 600 people to have a hospital, clinic, pharmacy, physical therapy long-term care facility, it’s really unheard of and we love to tell people the story of Callaway and the spirit of the community and how we make it work everyday,” Eggleston said.
The new addition will allow more space for health specialists such as oncology, cardiology, podiatry, orthopedics, and a general surgeon to consult with patients and perform some procedures such as colonoscopies.
“In this last year we experienced some regulation that sort of forced our hand to build a new 7,000 square foot building–the fun regulations of health care. That building houses our senior life solutions program as well as our specialty clinics,” Caleb Poore said.
Caleb Poore continued by saying the purpose of the specialty clinics is to keep folks within the community as much as possible and eliminate the need for them to travel out of town for healthcare.
“It’s so wonderful to see facilities in small towns when you have the opportunity to expand, you have the opportunity to bring in new services, help keep your patients close to home–that’s what we do everyday. That’s our goal, that’s our mission is to provide the best care possible but provide that care close to home so patients don’t have to travel and make it as efficient as we can,” Eggleston said.
The Senior Life Solutions Program is a unique program–a health and wellness program specifically geared towards Medicare beneficiaries ages 65 and older. Poore and Eggleston said the program features a group therapy setting for people to talk about the issues of aging: loss of loved ones, deteriorating health, isolation, etc.
The program gives individuals the opportunity to come into the group setting multiple times per week to work through tough situations, improve mental health and physical health, and work toward a happier lifestyle. The Senior Life Solutions program is open referral and you can call 308-836-2153 for more information.