The Grand Island, Nebraska Regional Hospital has hired Larry Speicher as CEO. The former CEO of the nearby Kearney Regional Medical Center (KRMC) in Kearney, Nebraska, Speicher assumes leadership of the new four-story, 174,000-square-foot full-service community hospital currently under construction in southwest Grand Island. The new hospital is the brainchild of a consortium of local physicians and community partners who have been working to create a new hospital that focuses on the community and the healthcare needs of the region.
Speicher is no stranger to the physician-led model. He was involved in the planning, fundraising, development and construction of KRMC, also physician-led, long before it opened in 2014. Since then, the hospital and medical office space have nearly doubled its footprint to about 170,000 square feet. Speicher has been credited for keeping the medical center’s physicians informed throughout the process and for rapidly expanding its staff and facilities.
Before becoming KRMC’s CEO, Speicher was the administrator of Platte Valley Medical Group.
“I’m excited about helping these physicians build an organization that will be so valuable in the Grand Island area,” Speicher said. “This hospital will have many long-lasting positive effects on the local marketplace.”
The hospital was designed by HDR; the general contractor is Chief Industries Construction. The expected completion date is December 2019, with patients being served beginning in 2020.