Memorial Hospital opened its doors on October 11, 1953, serving the communities of Schuyler, Clarkson, Howells, Leigh and the residents of rural Colfax County. In 1971, the hospital expanded to 52 acute care beds through two separate additions. In 1986 the hospital converted 31 beds to long-term care.
Memorial Hospital became part of Immanuel Health Systems in 1994 which evolved into becoming part of Alegent Health in 1996. A new clinic was constructed attached to the hospital in 1995 in addition to a new clinic being built in Howells to better serve the healthcare needs of the northern end of Colfax County.
The Heun Living Center, a multipurpose living addition for extended care residents, was completed in 1998. On April 1, 2000, the hospital converted to a Critical Access Hospital, a Medicare classification for small rural hospitals that, when certified, reimburses the facility for the cost of taking care of patients.
Memorial Hospital acquired the Clarkson Medical Clinic in 2003 and built a new, replacement clinic in Clarkson in 2005. The hospital ceased providing extended care services in 2006 as part of a strategic effort to focus on the provision of hospital and primary healthcare services.
Through the years, Memorial Hospital has strived to improve the health status of Colfax County residents --- children, teens, adults, senior citizens, friends and neighbors. Memorial Hospital offers healthcare services to area residents – close to home -- right in their own community.
TodayMemorial Hospital is licensed for 25 critical access beds. As a critical access hospital in a rural setting, Memorial Hospital offers a wide variety of services to the residents of Colfax County. 24-hour emergency services, inpatient medical and surgical care, outpatient observation, outpatient surgical and skilled services are provided locally for patients of all ages.
A full complement of outpatient diagnostic and therapeutic services are also available such laboratory, radiology, physical therapy, occupational therapy, sleep studies and cardiac rehabilitation. Home Care professional services and Durable Medical Equipment are available locally provided by Alegent Health at Home.
Outpatient specialty physicians supplement the local medical staff by providing specialty clinics in areas such as cardiology, ENT, gastrointestinal, general surgery, gynecology, nephrology, orthopedics, podiatry, and urology on a regular basis ensuring our patients receive services from the expertise of specialists in a service close to home.
Alegent Creighton Clinic continues to provide primary medical clinic services at three locations within Colfax County: Alegent Creighton Clinic- Schuyler; Alegent Creighton Clinic-Clarkson; and Alegent Creighton Clinic-Howells.