Contact: Karl Hertz
The Memorial Hospital of Converse County Board of Directors took action at their September board meeting to consolidate hospital properties used to house temporary staff. Currently the hospital leases 20 apartments in Douglas for nurses who participate in the hospital's 3 for 3 program and medical students.
In last Tuesday night's meeting, the Board voted to purchase the Morton Mansion and a majority of the home's furnishings for $534,000. According to Chief Financial Officer, Curt Dugger, the purchase allows the hospital to sell one home and give up at least four rental properties in Douglas. "By purchasing the Morton Mansion and releasing properties around town, the hospital will save nearly $1,000 per month in housing expenses" said Dugger. The purchase of the Morton Mansion also consolidates cleaning and maintenance services to one location. Board member, Arlene Ekland-Earnst first suggested the purchase of the home. "We are renting apartments all over town, the Morton Mansion provides a lot of rooms in one building and is located right across the street from us," said Earnst. As a state historic site supervisor, Earnst also liked the idea that the people of Converse County would now own the home. "The Morton Mansion is an important piece of Converse County history. The hospital's purchase of the building ensures its historical preservation" said Earnst.