Hays, KS – HaysMed has engaged Bright Minds Academy, LLC to manage their onsite childcare center. Bright Minds operates a childcare facility close to the hospital and will assume the management of the HaysMed Childcare Center when it opens in August.
“We are so fortunate to have secured a relationship with Bright Minds,” said Shae Veach, VP for Regional Operations and Marketing. “Under their management we will be able to provide a childcare facility with a learning environment curriculum.”
The childcare center can accommodate 77 children from ages 2 weeks to 6 years of age. HaysMed Associates will have priority for the slots. The facility is located on the east side of The Center for Health Improvement.
“Bright Minds Academy is extremely excited to partner with HaysMed to bring a new childcare option to their associates. We are grateful that we can be a part of the next step in stabilizing childcare in the community. We can’t wait to pour our love into a new center and educate more children!” noted Nick and Andrea Felder, owners of Bright Minds.
There are three play areas for the children and a designated drop-off and pick up area. During inclement weather the fitness center gym will be utilized for playtime.
The childcare center was made possible through nearly $1.5 million in generous commitments from the HaysMed Foundation, the Hadley Foundation, and the Dane G. Hansen Foundation. Additionally, Nex-Tech has established an endowed fund with the HaysMed Foundation to assist with future needs of the facility.
“Having childcare available onsite is a great benefit when recruiting and retaining healthcare providers.” Veach said. “Families are looking for reliable childcare as close to their work environment as possible.”
The new facility will help address one of the top five identified needs from the Ellis County Health Needs Assessment which indicated a shortfall of over 600 spots in childcare for our county.
“No matter how you look at this it is a win for not only HaysMed but also for Ellis County.” Veach concluded.