Jim Egr Receives Trustee of the Year Award

Jim Egr Receives Trustee of the Year Award

Monday, December 10, 2018
James (Jim) Egr was honored with the Nebraska Hospital Association Trustee of the Year award.  This award recognized outstanding leadership and hospital governance by a trust.  The recipient of this award encourages commitment to excellence in health care and collaborates with community leaders to build support for their hospital. 
 
Jim has served on the Butler County Health Care Center Board of Directors since 1980 (38 years), serving as Secretary and Treasurer since 1985.   During this time span, he has been instrumental in the recruiting of Hospital Administrators and physicians, as well as an advocate of upgrading the present facility in a cost effective manner.  Some of the major facility construction projects and additions that Jim has played an active role in planning and promoting include: the addition of the Wellness Center in 1987, the addition of the Physician’s Clinic in 1990, the renovation of the Outpatient Area and addition of a CT scanner in 1999, the $6.5 million renovation project which added 6,000 square feet expansion to the facility in 2003, the Butler County Clinic $1.4 million addition and renovation project in 2007, the patient room remodel and sunroom addition that was completed in 2009, $11 million addition, expansion and remodel of the Wellness Center, Physical Therapy and Surgery Departments in 2013, and most recently the $2.6 million addition of the Roots to Shoots Pediatric Therapy Clinic and remodeling of the existing therapy department and wellness center.   Jim’s legal expertise and leadership has helped ensure the fact that this county-owned hospital has never had to use county tax dollars for its renovations or operations.  
 
Jim is also an advocate of Trustee education.  He regularly attends Advocacy Day, various health care seminars and the Western Regional Trustee Symposium (in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, and 2018).  He encouraged the Butler County Health Care Center Board of Directors to participate in the NHA Board of Trustee Education Certification Program; in which he holds certification since the inception of the program in 2012.  Being an attorney, he has taken a particularly active role in the research and understanding of the legal issues concerning the health care industry.  For the past 38 years on the Butler County Health Care Center Board of Directors, Jim’s main concern has been how to better the hospital for the patients, community, and staff.
 
Jim is a Trustee who believes in continuous physician/ hospital relations.  He is the only Butler County Health Care Center Board Member who meets monthly with the two local physician clinics and CEO, Don Naiberk, for the purpose of communication to better the hospital.
 
He has not only played an active role on the Butler County Health Care Center Board of Directors, but he was also the first President of the Future Generations Health Care Foundation, serving two terms (1992-1998).  During this time, Jim was active in the recruiting and hiring of the Foundation Director as well as organizing community activities to promote the Foundation.  In 2004, when the Foundation called on Mr. Egr to be a member of the “Advancing Healthcare for Future Generations” Campaign Steering Committee for the hospital’s renovation project, Jim eagerly accepted.  As a steering committee member, he was actively involved in the seeking and visiting with potential donors.  His continued dedication and interest toward the future in health care helped raise over $634,000.
 
Jim has also been a strong supporter of Blue Valley Mental Health.  This is a non-profit organization that provides outpatient mental health care and substance abuse care to both children and adults.  He has been on their board from1995 to the present, serving as President from 1997 to 2007.
 
He has been a committed member to the Nebraska Firefighters Association as well as the Volunteer Firefighters Organization in David City.  He was a Volunteer Firefighter in the David City VFD for 23 years and an EMT with them for 22 years.  Currently, Jim holds honorary inactive status.  He has been legal counsel for the Nebraska State Volunteer Firefighters Association since 1976 to the present, as well as legal council for the Nebraska Firefighter Chiefs Association.  Jim has taught at the Nebraska State Fire School since 1976, and has been a national speaker for over 16 years for a seminar project called “Volunteer Firefighter Benefits.”  He played a key role in the development of the Nebraska Firefighters Foundation over the past 37 years, which is an organization responsible for the Nebraska Firefighters Museum and Education Center that was built in Kearney, NE.  He also serves on the board of directors for the Nebraska Firefighters Museum and Education Center.
 
He has served on various other boards and committees in the David City community, some of which include: The David City Area Foundation, David City Area Chamber of Commerce, Fellowship Club, Butler County Bar Association, and Region V Mental Services.  His leadership and strong values have allowed him to build relationships between these organizations and Butler County Health Care Center.  The time, knowledge, and expertise that Jim has given are immeasurable.  His sincerity towards his continued support of this hospital and community has left a lasting impression. 
 
Jim was honored at the Nebraska Hospital Association Annual Awards Banquet in La Vista on October 24th.  During his acceptance speech Jim stated, “I am humbled by the honor of being named Hospital Trustee of the Year by the Nebraska Hospital Association.  This award would not be possible without my fellow board of trustees: Jerry Roh, Diane Moravec, Bev Struebing and Jason Lavicky, working together to keep Butler County Health Care Center on the cutting edge; and an excellent administrator, Don Naiberk, steering the strategic plan, an excellent hospital staff embracing the strategic plan and the two independent medical clinics working with the hospital on the strategic plan; and my wife and family who have always supported me and encouraged me as a hospital trustee.”  Jim ended his speech with a quote from Sir Winston Churchill, which he feels fits all hospital trustees as well as all who volunteer in their communities: “We make a living by what we make.  We make a life by what we give.”