Building 20 years of community service

Emily Farley News & Notes

20th anniversary caption: Bert Nash Center, along with its neighbors Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department and Visiting Nurses Association, hosted an open house to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Community Health Facility. The building has been home to all three agencies for the past 20 years. From left, Patrick Schmitz, Bert Nash CEO; Shirley Martin Smith, who spearheaded the effort to secure funding for construction of the facility; Dan Partridge, director of the health department; and Cynthia Lewis, CEO of the Visiting Nurses.

“We will be forever grateful for the community’s support, which paved the way for the construction of the Community Health Facility. I know I speak for all three agencies when I say what an honor it is to serve the residents of Douglas County. We all have our unique missions yet we all share the common goal of bettering the lives of our fellow citizens. Because of the community’s support, and because of the support of our local government, thousands upon thousands of lives have been changed for the better during these past 20 years.” — Patrick Schmitz, Bert Nash Center CEO