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Jack Green, chief executive officer of Antelope Memorial Hospital, is retiring after 32 years of service on February 28. In early March, he’ll assist AMH’s new chief executive office, Diane Carlin, during a brief transitional timeframe.
When Green first began employment at AMH in September 1986, it was his second job as a healthcare executive. He said he had no expectations for how long he and his son, Brant, would make Neligh their home. However, Green said he soon began to appreciate the hometown values and culture of Neligh and the surrounding area.
He later married Peggy Funk who was employed at AMH as a RN. They have two daughters, Kylie and Kelsey, and a son, Jesse. Brant and his wife, Charlie, and their children, Isabella, MacKenzie and Liam, currently live in Lincoln. Kylie and her husband, Spencer Smith, reside in rural Neligh and have a daughter, Leighton Sue.
Through the years, Green has witnessed a variety of changes in healthcare. He’s seen AMH’s physical facility change with its new additions and remodeling projects. In 2004, a $1,000,000 Capital Campaign was kicked off to go towards the AMH 2005 Building Project. The project, totaling $5.5 million, was imperative for AMH to remain medically successful and competitive in the future, he said. In later years, original parts of AMH were remodeled to finish bringing AMH departments and services up-to-date. AMH clinics have also been rebuilt or remodeled. The new Neligh clinic location was opened a year ago and now offers more patient rooms, maximizing the flow of patient services.
Green has also witnessed changes in how billing is done, medical records are stored (now electronically) and reimbursements are received. Through the years, government reimbursements for hospitals have continued to be cut and regulations increased ‒ resulting in a lot of added expenses overall.
“Despite the changes I’ve seen, the top level of professionalism and care delivered by our providers and the entire AMH staff has remained the same through the years,” he said. "It’s been an honor to know and work with them and to be a part of the great things that have happened at AMH through the years.”
Green said he's "very excited to retire and start a new chapter in life."
"It’s also a mixed bag of emotions ‒ to include the unknown," he said. "However, I’m very thankful to have had the opportunity to work at AMH and with such special people ‒ all these years. I know they will continue to deliver quality care and be successful in the future. Antelope Memorial Hospital is truly a special place and a blessing to area communities."