THE HISTORY OF JCHC
Johnson County Healthcare Center was first established as Johnson County Memorial Hospital in 1952 under the management of the Lutheran Homes and Hospital Society (LHHS). Our county-owned hospital started off as a 21-bed facility but has continued to grow to meet and anticipate the needs of our growing community. 1964, we grew to 25 beds and added a 40-bed nursing home to our service line. In 1979, we expanded our service lines to include Emergency Medicine, Audiology, Laboratory, Radiology, Physical Therapy, Pharmacy, Central Supply, Pediatrics, Coronary Care, and Administration. In 1986, our outpatient clinic was added.
In 1987, Johnson County Memorial Hospital became independent of LHHS, with the community voting to designate it as a Hospital District, changing the hospital's structure. Sandy Ward took the helm in 1987 and served as administrator for 30 years. 1992, the name was officially changed to Johnson County Healthcare Center (JCHC).
The 1990s saw a lot of growth for JCHC. Our Surgical Suite was added in 1998, providing access to modern birthing facilities and allowing community members to access general surgery in Buffalo. We also improved our nursing home, Amie Holt Care Center, to meet the needs of our community.
2006 brought another round of remodels and updates, including a new cafeteria and doubling the size of our outpatient clinic, The Family Medical Center.
2011 saw even more growth: a new Emergency Department, Laboratory, Radiology Suite, Administrative Offices, and a spacious lobby for our patients and guests. Johnson County Healthcare Center flourished under the guidance of Sandy Ward, and when he announced his retirement in 2016, the legacy of bringing excellence in health care continued.
In 2016, we opened the doors of the new Amie Holt Care Center facility. A three-story, 44-bed skilled nursing home right on the campus of JCHC ensuring access to healthcare providers would be easy for our residents.
Luke Senden took on the role of CEO in 2021 as the kick-off of yet another capital project launched. Our capital improvement plan includes updated inpatient rooms, the Family Medical Center expansion, a new Physical Therapy Center gym, updated birthing suites, and new telemetry and communication platforms to better connect healthcare providers to their patients.
Over the decades of history that JCHC has here in our community, one thing has always remained constant: our commitment to grow in excellence to meet the community’s healthcare needs throughout all stages of life.