After years of planning and fundraising, Wamego residents finally witnessed the first step toward Wamego Health Center’s first upgrade in more than a decade.
The $10.8 million construction project, funded by Ascension Health and local donors through the Wamego Community Health Foundation, will improve the appearance, flow and functionality of the facility’s outpatient services and provide additional safety measures for staff and patients.
“I want to acknowledge our amazing staff,” said Steve Land, Wamego Health Center administrator. “These dedicated employees are the heart of WHC and the proud tradition our community has come to expect. Without their demand for excellence and growth, this expansion would not have been possible or necessary.”
“The dirt-turners we have today represent so many businesses and individuals in our community who have contributed to our success,” Land said. “We could probably line up 100 shovels with the amount of work it’s taken to get to this spot.”
Dwight Faulkner, president of the Wamego Hospital Association and vice president of Bank of the Flint Hills, thanked the donors and volunteers who contributed to the project.
“This is a great day for our community,” Faulkner said. “We’re blessed to have such a wonderful community in Wamego, we’re blessed to have such a wonderful staff at Wamego Health Center and we’re blessed to have such a great partnership with the city of Wamego, Via Christi and Ascension Health.”
Local donors included:
- Ascension and Via Christi Health
- The White Family & Bank of the Flint Hills
- An anonymous donor in honor of Pinky Barker
- International Organization of Odd Fellows No. 80
- Kaw Valley State Banks
- Bennington State Bank
- Rob & Jan Eichman & Midwest Concrete Materials
- Don & Shawn Coleman & Tri County Insurance
- Central Mechanical Construction