Groundbreaking Ceremony Takes Place on the Rural Nebraska Healthcare Network

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$18M Fiber Optic Medical Network will Greatly Advance Healthcare in Nebraska

This fiber network will facilitate the deployment of advanced medical technologies, and vastly improve patient care and physician communication

The Rural Nebraska Healthcare Network (RNHN), a consortium of nine rural hospitals and related clinics in western Nebraska, held a ceremonial groundbreaking November 19 at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff, Neb., for construction of a new $18M fiber optic medical network that will extend throughout the Nebraska panhandle. The project is made possible with the support of Regional West Foundation and in cooperation with Fiberutilties Group, Zayo Group, LLC, and Adesta, LLC.

Utilizing federal funding under the Rural Healthcare Pilot Program of the Federal Communications Commission, in conjunction with funding provided by Zayo Group, the RNHN will connect nine primary care hospitals and dozens of affiliated clinics creating one of the most advanced and robust medical technology networks in Nebraska. “This fiber network will facilitate the deployment of advanced medical technologies, and vastly improve patient care and physician communication,” said Lisa Bewley, Chief Information Officer for Regional West Medical Center.

The RNHN partnered with Zayo Group, a Colorado based provider of Bandwidth Infrastructure and Network Neutral Colocation Services, in the construction of the network that will enable additional commercial telecommunications products to be offered in under-served rural Nebraska.

“Zayo is pleased to be a part of constructing the network that will enable communities in Western Nebraska access to advanced medical care,” stated Glenn Russo, President, Zayo Networks. “We will also be significantly advancing the overall communication capabilities within these communities by offering high bandwidth services over this new fiber network to businesses, government agencies and communications companies throughout western Nebraska.”

The proposed 750 mile fiber network spans 12 counties in western Nebraska, and will connect to national research networks such as National Lambda Rail and Internet 2 in Denver, Colorado. Adesta, LLC, a local Nebraska company is about to begin the network construction “We are excited to be here today to celebrate and commemorate this amazing network that will undoubtedly revolutionize healthcare in the panhandle of Nebraska,” said Bob Sommerfeld, President of Adesta. Adesta is going to hit the ground running, and we are looking forward to a timely completion. We are very honored to be a part of this.”

Almost two years in the planning, the RNHN has utilized Fiberutilities Group LLC, an Iowa based technology and management firm, to handle the planning, financing, operational and government coordination functions necessary to make the project a reality. “This network represents the power of people working together,” said Kent Van Metre, Vice President with Fiberutilities Group. “With tremendous support from the FCC, and by partnering with community-oriented organizations like Zayo and Adesta, the RNHN is poised to have a truly state-of-the-art, advanced healthcare network.”

Joanne Krieg
Regional West Health Services
Rural Nebraska Healthcare Network

Julia Kendall
Zayo Group

Colleen Habrock,
Marketing Director, Adesta

About RNHN
The Rural Nebraska Healthcare Network (RNHN), a not-for-profit consortium including: Box Butte General Hospital, Alliance; Chadron Community Hospital, Chadron Garden County Health Services, Oshkosh; Gordon Memorial Hospital, Gordon; Kimball Health Services, Kimball; Memorial Health Center, Sidney; Morrill County Community Hospital, Bridgeport; Perkins County Health Services, Grant; Regional West Medical Center, Scottsbluff. The RNHN’s mission is a Regional System of Care Provided Locally. Since 1996, RNHN members have achieved a unique collaborative effort in order to coordinate a unified healthcare system that serves all people in western Nebraska.
About Zayo Group

Based in Louisville, Colo., privately owned Zayo Group ( is a provider of bandwidth infrastructure services. Zayo Group is organized into autonomous business units supporting customers who require Lit, Dark and Carrier Neutral Colocation services. Zayo’s business units provide these services over their regional, metro and fiber to the tower networks.

About Fiberutilities Group
Fiberutilities Group LLC, an Iowa based company, is a professional management, consulting and technology firm specializing in the development of privately owned networks. Fiberutilities Group plans, builds and operates networks utilizing a variety of communication technologies and platforms including fiber, wireless, traditional teclo and emerging network architectures.

About Adesta
Headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, Adesta ( is a leader in providing innovative turnkey solutions for advanced communication networks and security systems for public and private customers. Adesta has deployed over two million fiber miles in more than 150 rural and metropolitan areas.


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