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100 years: Good Samaritan FREE picnic--July 21

News Release

Contact: Anissa Paitz, PR Strategist

CHI Health Good Samaritan | CHI Health St. Francis

Office Phone: (308) 865-7983 |Mobile: (308) 627-7606


100 years: Good Samaritan invites public to FREE picnic Sunday, July 21 | 11 am-1 pm | South Lawn


KEARNEY, NE- In honor of its 100th birthday, CHI Health Good Samaritan invites the community to a celebration!


A free, old-fashioned picnic lunch will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, July 21, on the south lawn near the original 1924 entrance of the hospital at 31st Street and Central Ave. Hot dogs, chips, cupcakes, and icecream will be served. Brief remarks led by hospital president Curt Coleman will begin at noon. 

The celebration will also include live music, bounce houses, summer safety for kids, and peek inside a real ambulance. In Parking Lot N, just north of the hospital, AirCare’s medical helicopter and crew will land for a meet and greet complete with tours of the ship.


Parking for the event is available in the hospital’s south parking lots and on the street.

Since opening its doors on July 23, 1924, Good Samaritan has been a leader in the region, not only caring for the sick and injured, but devoting resources to programs and services that benefit the health of the community. 


During the past 100 years, Good Samaritan has expanded 10 times, was Nebraska’s first accredited Chest Pain Center, established the region's only Level II trauma center featuring AirCare emergency helicopter transport, and serves as a nationally accredited cancer center. Today, the hospital employs nearly 1,000 talented professionals and provides 350,000 residents of central Nebraska and northern Kansas with advanced health care. 


More about Good Samaritan’s 100th Birthday

On July 23, 1924, CHI Health Good Samaritan officially opened its doors…and those doors haven’t closed since. Much has changed, but the hospital’s compassion for the sick and dedication to bettering the health of our region remains the same. Transformed from a community hospital into a thriving regional referral center, it all started with pioneering Kearneyites, devoted Sisters and men and women answering the call to care. 


This year, Good Samaritan will celebrate its 100th birthday and that spirit of innovation that’s been with them from the beginning. Each month leading up to the big birthday, Good Samaritan will sponsor events that honor their staff and community that have been so integral to their success. Join Good Samaritan as they celebrate 100 Years: Honoring our legacy, innovating the future.

PHOTO 1: Good Samaritan Hospital as it looked in 1924 before 10 major additions. Photo was taken looking north up Central Ave in Kearney.


PHOTO 2: Completed in 2021, the 20,000 square-foot Dr. Kenton L. Shaffer Emergency Care Center new entrance is the most recent addition to CHI Health Good Samaritan.

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