Hospital chief offers update in free public talk

March 23, 2011 by

The head of the Cloud County Health Center will provide an update on building a new hospital in a free public talk Monday evening (March 28).

Jim Wahlmeier, who is the chief executive officer of the Health Center, will give the second of eight monthly presentations scheduled for the 2011 Concordia Speakers Series.

His talk begins at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the Nazareth Motherhouse, 1300 W. Washington St. Walhmeier, who has been CEO since 2006, will give a 30- to 40-minute presentation that will look at the aftermath of the failed 2008 hospital financing election and “what still needs to happen in order for a new hospital to be a reality in Concordia.” Then he will be available to answer questions from the audience. The session will end no later than 8:30 p.m.

There is no charge for any of the sessions and the public is encouraged to come to any or all of them. No registration is needed, but if you’d like more information, you may contact Sister Marcia Allen at 785/243-2149 or

Upcoming speakers include CloudCorp Inc. executive director Kirk Lowell on April 25 and Concordia Police Chief Chris Edin on May 16.

The 2011 Concordia Speakers Series is an outgrowth of the Community Needs Forums that were held throughout 2009 and 2010 and hosted by the Sisters of St. Joseph. More than 100 individuals and representatives of local organizations and agencies took part in those “working lunches” to identify concerns in Concordia and Cloud County, and then work toward solutions.


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