– On August 27, Mike Schnieders, president of CHI Health Good Samaritan for 11 years, announced that he plans to retire in early February 2022.

– On October 26, Kearney Regional Medical Center announced plans to affiliate with Bryan Health in Omaha sometime in 2022. KRMC’s name will not change, but it will be branded as a Bryan Health System.

The Kearney Regional Medical Center opened in the spring of 2014 and is already too big for its space. Four modular units and a medical office building are part of its campus.

Kearney Regional Medical Center, courtesy

According to the plan, the 850 employees of KRMC would become employees of Bryan Health, and the move could result in the creation of additional jobs at KRMC, said CEO Bill Calhoun.

Since opening in May 2014, KRMC has experienced tremendous growth. It opened with 22 beds and today has 93. It opened a maternity hospital in 2017.

– Hot Meals USA has announced that it will construct its first permanent facility, an 80 X 100 square foot building. The association was launched in 2018 to feed victims and rescuers after natural disasters. It has also helped serve those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic this year, and it will once again serve free Christmas dinners.

– Kearney Area Concerned Citizens resumed their free Thanksgiving dinner on November 25, but it was only hosted due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.

– On October 22, Crossroads Mission Avenue, the homeless center at 1409 E. 39th St., began work on The Lodge, a $ 3 million project that will create transitional housing in a building formerly used by the Just for Ladies fitness center. The project will create 16 dormitory beds and 15 efficiency apartments for women from its four-step program to move people from homelessness to employment and self-sufficiency.