The history of the Melham Medical Center dates back to 1972, when the original structure was completed. Construction was made possible through a very generous gift of $500,000 from Mr. Leo Mellam, matched by the community.
When new, the 50,000 square feet facility included a hospital and nursing home. Since then, numerous additions have greatly expanded its scope of services.
Shortly after the Medical Center opened, Mr. Leo Mellam provided an additional donation for construction of a medical clinic, added in 1973. The clinic is rented by Central Nebraska Medical Clinic, P.C. In 1980, a 14-bed assisted living wing and a 13-unit independent living apartment complex were completed. Construction in 1987 added a wing of 12
new resident rooms at Heritage Hall nursing home.
In 1990, the Leo & Laural Mellam Diagnostic Center was completed. This project encompassed 14,500 square feet of new space for diagnostic departments, emergency room and drive-through ambulance entrance. The addition was made possible through a $500,000 donation from Mrs. Laural Mellam in memory of her husband, Leo. At dedication ceremonies, Mrs. Mellam donated an additional $400,000, used to purchase the hospital’s first CT scanner and teleradiology system.
In 2000, a new 2,212 square feet multi-purpose room/chapel and a 1,640 square feet remodeling project were completed at Heritage Hall. Work began in 2002 on a hospital addition that includes 18,900 square feet of new construction and 3,700 square feet of remodeled space. This project, which features a
new front entrance, is bringing all outpatient services together in one area.
Today the medical complex is more than double its original size, with a 25-bed critical access hospital, 50-bed nursing home, 12-unit assisted living center and 20 independent living apartments. Continual upgrading of facilities and technology is a hallmark of Melham Medical Center’s ongoing commitment to meeting its mission of bringing the most modern healthcare services possible to the community it serves.