CHI Health Midlands celebrates 40 years

Tami Field, director of medical/surgical services at CHI Health Midlands, inspects the contents of a 1996 time capsule, including a lab coat signed by CHI Health Midlands staff. The time capsule was opened at the hospital’s 40th anniversary celebration on Jan. 26. Other time capsule items included a fruitcake, a 1996 issue of Time magazine, a blood pressure cuff, children’s scrubs, a cookbook, birth certificates, and various patient brochures and medical supplies.

In honor of its 40th anniversary, CHI Health Midlands partied like it was 1996.

A 20-year-old time capsule captured the attention of 100 employees and guests at the hospital’s anniversary party on Jan. 26.

The trunk included many items and the first one pulled out was a fruitcake to represent the hospital’s annual fundraiser organized by volunteers.

A 2016 time capsule will be put away for an anniversary party 20 years from now.

Midlands, which opened in January 1976, has relied on community leaders and volunteers to support the hospital throughout its years of service to Papillion and surrounding Sarpy County communities, said Gail Carlson, chief nurse executive.

Community leaders and groups raised $3 million to build the hospital itself in the early 1970s, said Cindy Alloway, hospital president. Builders broke ground on the facility in 1973.

“This special anniversary is a credit to our employees, physicians, volunteers and community leaders both today and over the past four decades,” Alloway said. “The Midlands story is about everyone who has had a part in our vision to build healthier communities.

“We all persevered to make this possible. Midlands has a rich history because of all of the people who did not give up.”

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