Lieutenant Governor Rick Sheehy and Senator Lavon Heidemann joined Johnson County Hospital as it opened its new provider based rural health clinic, Tecumseh Family Health, and rehabilitation services with a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house on Wednesday, Oct. 3. Among the distinguished guests were Mayor of Tecumseh, Bill Montz, Sr. and several members of the hospital’s Board of Trustees, County Commissioners and the Tecumseh Family Health medical staff.
"The decision to build and remodel centered on providing community healthcare now and in the future,” said Diane Newman, Administrator. “Numerous studies were completed and these studies confirmed our hospital’s strong financial position and reflected it as favorable for the addition and remodeling project. This strong financial position is a reflection of the quality services were provide. Johnson County Hospital is blessed with the most talented health care professionals, who do a heroic job serving our county and surrounding communities.”
The $3.2 million, 10,000 square foot addition was completed in early August 2012 and opened its doors on Oct. 1. The new space includes 12 exam rooms in the clinic that accommodate patients and providers, as well as a cardiac rehabilitation and physical therapy area that three times the size of the previous location.
To fund the project, general obligation bonds in the amount of $1.6 million were obtained in October 2011, while Johnson County Hospital funded the remaining $1.6 million out of its current cash flow. Although Johnson County Hospital is county owned, no taxes have been levied to fund the hospital since the initial levy 54 years ago. This is an uncommon practice for a county hospital, as most county hospitals are on the county tax rolls.
The changes in the provision of healthcare have been increasing rapidly. Through it all, Johnson County Hospital has strived to maintain a standard of excellence that will keep it viable and competitive, while being compassionate and responsive to the health care needs of our community.
“It is my desire and belief that with a strategy focused on community and providers, the Johnson County Hospital will continue to enjoy and experience success of providing quality health care now and for generations to come,” Newman said.