Our Beginnings

On July 14, 1963, the community gathered to dedicate Burgess Memorial Hospital, situated on a 10-acre site at the west edge of Onawa.

Work toward this day began in 1959 when it became apparent that the old Onawa Hospital could no longer meet increasingly stringent state fire and health regulations. A board to oversee a new hospital organized Feb. 13, 1959, with Dr. William P. Garred serving as chair. The board soon applied for a federal Hill-Burton grant and began organizing a campaign to raise $628,000 for a new 37-bed hospital.

Healing garden

Burgess Healing Garden that was made possible through donations to Burgess Foundation.

In April 1961, local attorney Albert W. Burgess stepped forward with a $100,000 gift to the project. On April 16, 1962, Mr. Burgess helped turn the first shovels of dirt at the groundbreaking ceremony.

Since then, the hospital has responded to the changing healthcare environment and local needs with expansions in services and facilities. In 1997 the name changed to Burgess Health Center.

Burgess Senior Leaders

Fran Tramp, president

Nancy Carlson, vice president of finance

Erin Brekke, director of human resources

Teresa Butler, vice president of clinical services

Jean Pekarek, director of patient experiences

Patty Sandmann, vice president of nursing

Grady Warner, director of information technology

Burgess Health Center Board Members

Jim Westergaard Mapleton, chairman

Terry Framke Onawa, vice chairman

Steve Pratt Whiting, secretary and treasurer

Mary Black Onawa

Judy Connealy Decatur, Neb.

Sheila Duarte, DDS Onawa

Paul Dudley, MD Onawa

John Garred, MD Whiting

Al Laboranti Whiting

Brent McCall Onawa

Mari Miller Onawa

Keith Schrunk, OD Anthon

Charles Sederstrom Omaha, Neb.

Ex Officio Member: Fran Tramp, Burgess CEO