CENTRAL CITY – Merrick Medical Center has selected Sampson Construction of Lincoln as the general contractor for its new medical center construction project.
The Merrick Medical Center Board of Trustees solicited and received proposals from several Nebraska-based construction companies. The project steering committee interviewed the top three candidates on January 23.
“We were very pleased with the proposals we received,” said Paul Clark, CEO of Merrick Medical Center. “Each of the top three candidates was highly experienced, operated with a high level of sophistication, and would be fully capable of completing the project on time. We had a tough decision to make.”
According to Clark, the decision was made because of the candidates’ intangible fit with Merrick Medical Center’s mission, vision and core values.
“At the end of the day, there was one company that stood out above the other two,” he said.
Sampson Construction is owned by John Sampson and his daughter, Cory Vokoun. John’s late wife, April, was the granddaughter of Wilma and Del Faeh, who were successful farmers in Merrick County. Many members of the Faeh family still live and farm in the Central City and Chapman area.
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In honor of April and her family, Sampson Construction has offered to donate a large portion of their fees as a philanthropic donation to support the new facility.
“It’s a very generous gesture that really struck a chord with the members of the Steering Committee and the Board of Directors,” said Ray Huggett, Chairman of the Board of MMC.
“Our goal is to build a fantastic new medical center for our patients and surrounding communities,” said Dr. Traci Dieckmann, Chief of Staff at MMC and Board Member.
“By choosing Sampson Construction, we know we will have a very capable and committed partner,” Dieckmann said.
Sampson Construction has been a leader in commercial construction in the Nebraska region for over 65 years. It has offices in Lincoln, Kearney, Papillion and Johnstown, Colorado, and Cheyenne, Wyo.
The design phase of the new facility project is in full swing. The construction phase is expected to begin later this spring and should be completed within 18 to 24 months of the start of construction.
For those interested in learning more about the project or how they can help support it, they can call Kendra Jefferson, Merrick Medical Center Foundation Director, at (308) 946-5975.