Nebraska Revised Statute 71-2059

Chapter 71 Section 2059

71-2059.

Governmental body; powers.

A political subdivision, state agency, or other governmental entity which owns or operates a hospital or hospital health service may, relative to the delivery of health care services:

(1) Enter into agreements with other health care providers, both governmental and nongovernmental, to share services or provide a tangible benefit to the hospital and into other cooperative ventures;

(2) Join or sponsor membership in organizations or associations intended to benefit the hospital or hospitals in general;

(3) Enter into contractual joint ventures with other governmental hospitals and health care organizations or nonprofit hospitals and health care organizations when entering into such a joint venture provides a tangible benefit to the residents of the political subdivision, state agency, or other governmental entity that owns or operates a hospital or health service;

(4) Hold a membership interest in a nonprofit corporation when holding such interest provides a tangible benefit to the residents of the political subdivision, state agency, or other governmental entity that owns or operates a hospital or health service;

(5) Have members of its governing authority or its officers or administrators serve without pay as directors or officers of any such venture;

(6) Offer, directly or indirectly, products and services of the hospital or any such venture to the general public; and

(7) Acquire, erect, staff, equip, or operate one or more medical office buildings, clinic buildings, or other buildings or parts thereof for medical services both within and outside the jurisdiction of the political subdivision, state agency, or other governmental entity. Such buildings or parts may be freestanding facilities or additions to or parts of an existing hospital or health care facility. Unless the political subdivision, state agency, or other governmental entity declares otherwise, the building or parts shall be considered an addition or improvement to the existing facilities. The political subdivision, state agency, or other governmental entity may lease all or part of such building to one or more health care practitioners or groups of health care practitioners or otherwise allow health care practitioners the use thereof on such terms as the political subdivision, state agency, or other governmental entity deems appropriate. Such lease or other use shall not be required to comply with public bidding requirements or approval of the electorate.

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