HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) – Desperate times have called for desperate action. Nursing shortage prompting Mary Lanning Healthcare to take action. On Monday, they unveiled the new addition to its medical services building just in time to help bridge the gap.
“I think everyone is feeling the nursing shortage in the state of Nebraska and across the country,” said Eric Barber, president and CEO of Mary Lanning Healthcare.
With Mary Lanning now feeling the effects of the shortage, the launch of the new addition couldn’t have come at a better time.
“If we can help the nursing workforce specifically, it will at least solve the shortage locally, if not regionally, and certainly put us in a better position for the future. “
The addition will be double the size of the current building, adding over 60,000 square feet. It will also provide a state-of-the-art facility for the new nursing program at Bryan and Hastings Colleges.
“We’re actually going to be located on one of the floors of this new office building and therefore an entire floor will be dedicated to our nursing facility,” said Theresa Delahoyde, Dean of Undergraduate Students at Bryan College of Health Sciences.
Recently Bryan College partnered with Hastings College to create this program for students to take courses in the area.
“Now this provides an opportunity with an expansion of our program, so students don’t have to travel to Lincoln,” said Delahoyde. “They can actually be in the Hastings area or come to Hastings and take classes there.”
Delahoyde believes having a floor within the hospital will improve the student experience.
“And that will give them the opportunity to train here in Hastings, while also being a student at Bryan College of Health Sciences.”
CEO Eric Barber also thinks it will help bring more nurses into the workforce.
The project is estimated at around $ 22 million and is funded by Five Points Bank. Barber expects construction to take about a year and a half.
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