Central Nebraska Rehabilitation Services Receives 2018 Healthy Community Partnership Award
June 04, 2018
In the ever-changing healthcare environment, organizations like CHI Health Good Samaritan must find innovative ways to provide critical services while reducing overall costs of care. It was that creative strategy that led to the successful partnership between Good Samaritan and Central Nebraska Rehabilitation Services—all for the benefit of local patients.
In February 2015, Good Samaritan transitioned out of its previous model of operating and staffing a rehabilitation department within the hospital and teamed up with Central Nebraska Rehabilitation Services to provide inpatient and outpatient physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy services. The joint venture took on the name Kearney Physical Therapy and began employing the hospital’s therapy staff.
“When we decided to move in this direction for our rehab departments, our sister facility in Grand Island, St. Francis, had already been partnering with Central Nebraska Rehabilitation Services for 20 years,” said Mike Schnieders, president of Good Samaritan. “Their model has been a good fit for us too, and we really appreciate how well we’ve been able to work together to offer these important services.”
To celebrate this rehabilitation collaboration, Central Nebraska Rehabilitation Services, and Kearney Physical Therapy were presented the 2018 Healthy Community Partnership Award. The Partnership Award is presented to the group or individual who has actively partnered with Good Samaritan to provide health services in the community.
Established in 1987, Central Nebraska Rehabilitation Services is an actively growing private practice providing physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy services throughout central Nebraska. In addition to locations in Kearney and Grand Island, CNRS operates in healthcare facilities in Hastings, Aurora, Henderson, St. Paul and Lincoln.
“Kearney Physical Therapy is thrilled to be a partner with CHI Health Good Samaritan,” says Josh Buechler, Kearney Physical Therapy director. “Our collaboration has resulted in high quality, efficient care across the continuum of a patient’s recovery. This model really allows improved teamwork and communication between therapies and nurses/providers. We are very proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish together for the betterment of Kearney and the surrounding communities.”
Ultimately, working together has helped both groups further their missions.
“Our joint venture has really allowed both of our organizations to do what we each do best—all with the intent of caring for the sick and injured while creating healthier communities,” Schnieders said. “Each day, our patients benefit from that teamwork. That’s definitely a success worth celebrating.”