COLUMBUS, Neb. – When the president of Columbus Community Hospital Mike Hansen saw the results of an employee survey a few years back, one thing really stuck out.
“The number one issue for our staff was having good affordable childcare,” says Hansen.
So him and his team got to work on a child care facility, and on Tuesday they showed it off, cutting the ribbon at the Columbus Community Hospital Childcare Center.
The demand for childcare within hospital staff is clear, as enrollment is already set at 95 percent when it officially opens Monday. Hospital vice-president of operations Scott Messersmith, says the center could eventually take on kids from the public, if space is available.
“Because we built this large enough there will be some additional space for individuals in the medical community, to bring their children here, along with whatever space is leftover would be open to the public,” says Messersmith.
An open house followed the ribbon cutting, with staff showing rooms that include heated floors for infants and toddlers, as well as security features to ensure parents the safety of their kids.
“We have enhanced security, so when you come in only custodial parents get the access to the badge to come in. You fingerprint to get your kids in and out,” says Melinda Long, child care director.
Hansen is hopeful that this facility will help retain staff in the long run.
“Turnover is very expensive for a hospital, average turnover is about $45,000 a year. So if we can keep staff and retain them longterm, that saves us money in the end,” says Hansen.