KEARNEY, Neb. — Good Samaritan Hospital has donated an out-of-service ambulance to KidZone-Kearney Area Children’s Museum for use in its medical-themed interactive exhibit.
“We are excited to welcome the ambulance as the newest exhibit to the museum,” said Tara Knuth, executive director of the Kearney Area Children’s Museum. “Having the ambulance will allow children of all ages to use their imaginations to become a community helper for a day and help them get a glimpse of a day in the life of an EMT.”
The ambulance was in service from 1998 until just before it was donated to the museum. The unit was used primarily for long-distance transport of patients at an average of about 300 miles each trip. The ambulance had accumulated 477,000 miles and is estimated to have transported 2,000 patients.
The museum will use many of the functions of the ambulance to make it as interactive as possible. The functions include working lights, a muffled siren, computer and medical equipment and a patient cot.
“We are grateful for the support of Good Samaritan Hospital for their generous donation of the ambulance,” Knuth said, “and to Turner Body Shop and Kearney Ag & Auto for their time and efforts to get this exhibit ready for the kids.”