Community helps pay to expand rural hospital

(KSN photo / Molly Hadfield)

HOISINGTON, Kansas – It’s not very often that rural hospitals expand. But what’s almost unheard of is the community helping to pay for it. That’s what happened in Hoisington to the Clara Barton Hospital.

“I mean it’s awesome, it’s a lot bigger than the last one here,” said Clade Anderson.

Clade is a physical therapy patient at is his appointment for the first time in a new physical therapy wing, that was partially funded through community donations.

“The donors that have said we believe in you we support you makes it very special, they’re investing in this community hospital, the employees the donors, they’re all helping us make this a reality,” said Michelle Moshier, Executive Director for the Clara Barton Hospital Foundation.

The hospital received a tax credit in 2012 for the expansion and started fundraising efforts at the beginning of this year and ten months later they’ve raised a million dollars through community donations.

The need was there, because the former physical therapy room was very small.

“One of the big things is we’ve always had a privacy issue, with patients very close together, and with confidentiality it was very difficult, it’s allowed us to maintain that,” said Mark Blackwell, Director of Therapy Services.

The new facility means new hires, including a physical, occupational and speech therapist, offering more specialty treatments for the community that funded it.

“They want quality health care right here in their community, rather than driving a distance to get the specialty services that this expansion is going to allow us to offer,” said Moshier.

The Clara Barton Foundation still has $400,000 to raise to make their goal.

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