MCHHS History

1928 - 1980

The original Community Hospital was constructed in 1928, and became open for patients on December 11, 1929. A need for additional upgrades to the facility prompted the County Commissioners in November 1965 to approve the building of a new facility. The County Commissioners leased the new facility to a healthcare management organization called Great Plains Lutheran Hospital, Inc., Phillipsburg, Ks., in 1966. The new 30 bed acute hospital was dedicated April 26, 1970. After the old hospital was torn down, a 40 bed Long Term Care Unit was built in its location attached to the hospital and completed in January of 1971.

1980 - 1994

In 1980, the acute care side of the hospital added 14 beds. Those beds were located on the Medical floor, Obstetrics, a new Emergency Room, Laboratory, Intensive Care Unit and Surgery.

1994 - 2000

Departmental expansion was again necessary in 1994. Physical Therapy was enlarged and relocated to the south basement area below Long Term Care, and radiological services including a new CT scanner were then located in the previous physical therapy area.

In 1997, a new Beloit Medical Center, PA., was built north of the hospital, and Mitchell County Hospital purchased the old building across the street southeast of the hospital. The annex building was named the Thomas Conroy Professional Building.

A hospice program was initiated to emphasize the importance of the quality of life than the length of life. This department adopted a previous hospice name known as Solomon Valley Hospice.

An Outpatient clinic was established on 400 wing in 1994 and was relocated to the Conroy building in 1997. Services provided at this clinic are: Eye, Ears, Nose and Throat, Hearing testing, Podiatry, Orthopedics, Urology, and an Outpatient Certified Diabetes Educator.

Mitchell County Health Department expressed a desire to move into the remaining half of the Thomas Conroy Professional Building and so they did. With additional space becoming available within the hospital various departments were relocated, including Pharmacy, Respiratory Therapy, Acute Nurse Managers office, Patient Care Coordinator, Infection Control, Social Services, Medical Staff/Credentialing Secretary, and Utilization Review/DRG Coordinator. Along with this, Occupational Therapy was added as a rehabilitation service which works with patients that require rehabilitation of various needs in performing activities of daily living, repetitive motion injuries and stroke rehabilitation.

2000 - 2005

In 2000, an ever-increasing need for emotional care of the elderly was demonstrated throughout the nation. An organization that specializes in geriatric behavioral care identified that the surrounding area of Mitchell County was an ideal location for a Geriatric Behavioral Care Unit. By identifying this need and the increasing standards established by regulatory agencies, a ten bed Geriatric Special Care Unit began construction with completion March 20, 2001.

In September 2002, an extensive expansion/renovation project was found necessary to accommodate the needs of the hospital. The new surgery suite and obstetrical unit was completed in March 2004, ending phase I of the construction project Phase I consisted of; 3 major surgery suites, endoscopy room, post-anesthesia care unit, observation room, nine pre-operative bays, additional storage, family conference room, surgery offices, locker rooms, and lounges for staff and physicians.

Along with this Central Supply was then moved from the basement to be more readily accessible. The nursery was renovated with two new birthing rooms and two postpartum care rooms. Once Central Supply was relocated, that allowed Environmental Services to move to the basement along with the renovation of Materials Management.

Two courtyards were developed within the enclosed outside areas between hallways, with one being accessible to the public and a small courtyard for staff. Funding for these courtyards were made available from the sale of bricks or granite slate.

Phase II of the project consisted of; renovation of the old surgery unit, recovery room, physicians lounge, obstetrical floor, radiology, laboratory, and ER.

Phase III was also initiated within that time frame to include; administration, health information department, business office, front lobby and main entrance.

With the growth of computer technology and the implementation of a hospital-wide computer system an Information Technologist was hired. On October 1, 2003, the CPSI computer system was installed and became a part of daily business. Information technology is an on-going process that occurs on a daily basis with its demands continually increasing in meeting the regulatory requirements established through HIPAA and a nationally mandated requirement for an electronic medical record.

Mitchell County Hospital has an active staff of 9 physicians that are not employed by the hospital but of their own clinics. The physicians on staff serve in specialty areas within their practice. Services include: Internal Medicine, Family Practice, Obstetrical service, General Surgeon, Psychiatrist, and a Nurse Practitioner that assists in surgery.

Two-Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists provide anesthesia services to the hospital. Their focus consists of current anesthesia techniques by various methods of delivery and an active Pain Management clinic.

2005 - Present

The merger with Great Plains Lutheran Hospitals and Community Health Alliance began in September 1982. At that time Great Plains changed their name to Great Plains Health Alliance or GPHA. GPHA manages or leases 27 facilities and Mitchell County Hospital was the largest of those facilities. In 2005, the hospital board agreed that it was time that Mitchell County Hospital became a stand-alone healthcare facility and terminated their lease with GPHA as of June 30, 2005. The Hospital Trustees also felt that with the development of the Wellness Center and other services that the hospital provides, the name of the facility should reflect those services -thus came the new name, Mitchell County Hospital Health Systems.

The Mitchell County Hospital Health Systems Board of Trustees serves as an advisory board and a liaison between the hospital, physicians and community. County Commissioners meet with the board on a regular basis but are not voting members of the board.

The Board Finance Committee meets every third Monday of the month and the Board of Trustees meet on the fourth Monday of the month.

In October 2009, a groundbreaking ceremony took place to modernize the acute care wing and other select areas of hospital in order to continue to provide quality healthcare in an improved space for generations to come.

In November 2010, the nursing staff moved patients into the new addition. With the completion of the renovation we have 21 private acute care rooms, 4 private ICU rooms, and a distinct part observation unit with two semi-private rooms.

Hutton Construction substantially completed the new additions and renovations in April 2011. The last part of the building to be completed was the Dietary Department. With these renovations part of the 400 wing has been remodeled for Respiratory Therapy and Cardiac Rehab. The Chapel was relocated to its new home across from the pharmacy.

A helicopter landing was completed in September 2011. Medical transportation aircraft can now land closer to the hospital rather than at the airport. Also in 2011, wireless internet access was provided for our patients, guests and visitors.

MCHHS receives Level IV Trauma Designation from the Kansas Department of Environment in 2012.