West Holt Medical Services (WHMS) is a testimony to the spirit and character of people in the area for many past generations.


The first hospital was opened in February of 1952 and named Atkinson Memorial Hospital. A group of young wives of veterans who had returned from World War II, called the Atkinson Veterans Wives (AVW) Club, were instrumental in getting the project going. They felt that their young families needed a good hospital nearby. Committees were formed, a fund drive was initiated and the total community became involved. They raised the money from individuals and civic organizations, which amounted to over 1/2 of the total cost of the facility and was deeded to and under the management of the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago.

 In 1957, an addition was planned and a campaign was launched; again the area residents helped with part of the cost until it was finished.

In 1972, the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago ceased operation of the hospital and the hospital advisory board incorporated as the West Holt Memorial Hospital Association, Inc.

In 1977, another hospital was built in Atkinson and given a new name, West Holt Memorial Hospital. Like the first hospital, it too received wide support throughout the West Holt area. With the help of donors sponsoring rooms or areas of the new building the projected was completed. A heliport was constructed on land donated by the Dvorak Brothers. A new outpatient clinic adjoining West Holt Memorial Hospital was also completed.

In March 2006, the hospital completed projects including business office renovation/expansion, renovation/expansion of the Emergency Room, and enlarging the radiology area to accommodate new equipment.

In January 2011 the hospital renovations of all patient rooms, nurses' station and family room were completed.

In May 2011, the new West Holt Therapy Services building opened.  Almost 100% of the project costs were covered by donations.

In 2013 two medical clinic exam rooms received a makeover. An art contest was held with area youth to design a theme for an exam room they would like to visit when at the doctor. Bailey Krause was the first place winner with a farm scene. Local artist Megan Mitchell was hired to paint wall size murals for a cowboy themed exam room and a safari themed exam room. This project was funded in whole by donations from the community.

In 2015 the medical clinic received a facelift with new flooring, paint and cabinetry.

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West Holt Medical Services Foundation
PO Box 214, 313 West Pearl Street, Atkinson, NE 68713
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