Affiliation Agreement with Bryan Health


Litzenberg Memorial County Hospital has signed an affiliation agreement with Bryan Health effective July 1, 2013. Under the agreement Bryan Health will provide management support to Litzenberg Memorial County Hospital to enhance operational performance. The intent is for staff of both organizations to work more closely, bringing the clinical and operational expertise of Bryan Health to Central City and the surrounding area. The hospital and long term care will continue to be owned by Merrick County and governed by the local Board of Trustees.





"This partnership, with one of our State's leading health systems, is important for the long-term viability and success of Litzenberg Memorial and the community of Merrick County", said Tad Hunt, Litzenberg Chief Executive Officer. "The patients we serve and staff we employ will benefit from the clinical best practices and operational resources Bryan Health brings to this partnership".



"Bryan Health has served Nebraska for 87 years, and our mission as a locally owned and governed health system is to advance the health of individuals in our region through collaboration with physicians and communities", said Kim Russel, Bryan Health Chief Executive Officer. "We are pleased to formalize this partnership with the exceptional care givers in Central City."

In addition to its 20-bed critical access hospital, Litzenberg Memorial County Hospital operates a 46-bed long term care facility.



Q: Is Bryan Health purchasing Litzenberg Memorial County Hospital?

A: No, Litzenberg Memorial County Hospital and Bryan Health are entering an affiliation agreement, where Bryan Health will provide management support. The affiliation agreement will facilitate Bryan Health and Litzenberg Memorial County Hospital working more closely together, bringing the clinical and operational expertise of Bryan Health to Central City and the surrounding area.



Q: What is the benefit to Litzenberg Memorial County Hospital?

A: It is difficult for a stand-alone rural facility to meet the challenges of the changing health care environment. Bryan Health is a health care leader in Nebraska and has a rich history of working with rural facilities around the state. The affiliation arrangement with Bryan Health will allow Litzenberg Memorial County Hospital to partner with Bryan Health in the sharing of clinical protocols, management expertise and enhanced purchasing power of the larger health system to improve the overall operational performance of the hospital and nursing home.



Q: What is the benefit to Bryan Health?

A: Bryan Health's mission is to advance the health of individuals in our region through collaboration with physicians and communities. As a locally and owned and governed health system, partnering with Litzenberg Memorial Hospital is a natural step and consistent with the mission and vision of Bryan Health.



Q: What is the Bryan Health history with Litzenberg Memorial County Hospital?

A: Litzenberg Memorial County Hospital is a member of the Heartland Health Alliance, a 39-hospital member alliance, which was started by Bryan Health two decades ago. The hospital is also a member of the Bryan Critical Access Hospital Network. In addition, Bryan Health recently placed an employee at Litzenberg Memorial County Hospital to assist in revenue cycle management as part of the business office, which has produced significant financial results during the past year. The affiliation arrangement looks to expand and enhance this type of partnering arrangement.