Nebraska State Treasurer Don Stenberg stopped by Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney today where he delivered a $7,320 check for unclaimed property owed to the hospital.
The Treasurer was to spend Friday evening and Saturday afternoon at the Treasurer’s Unclaimed Property booth in the Exhibition Building at the Buffalo County Fair in Kearney. Fairgoers are encouraged to stop by the booth to search records and consult with Unclaimed Property specialists for help filing claims from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday and 12 noon to 9 p.m. Saturday.
“Returning unclaimed property to rightful owners is one of the pleasant duties of the State Treasurer’s Office,” Stenberg said at a news conference at the hospital. “The job is especially rewarding when a fairly large sum of money is involved and when the recipient, like Good Samaritan Hospital, plans to use that money for the good of the Nebraska community or the good of a Nebraska family.”
Michael Schnieders, president of Good Samaritan Hospital, thanked Treasurer Stenberg for the check and for diligence in reuniting Nebraskans with money owed to them. “We plan to put this money to good use, helping families with costs related to a hospital stay that are not medical expenses,” he said.
Good Samaritan Hospital ICU nurse Melissa O’Rourke, RN, said, “This is the first donation to our new Good Samaritan Family Assistance Fund. We are grateful this ‘found money’ will provide a helping hand reduce the financial strain on patients and their families during a hospital stay.”
George Harms, vice president of finance at Good Samaritan, said his staff routinely checks the Treasurer’s Office unclaimed property records and has received money in the past, but usually in hundreds of dollars, seldom an amount as large as the $7,320 check delivered by Treasurer Stenberg.
“I have my staff check the unclaimed property records regularly, and I would encourage other staffs of businesses, corporations, and schools to do the same,” Harms said. “You never know what you might find.”
The unclaimed property for Good Samaritan consisted of insurance payments from an insurance company and credit balances from a medical technology company.
Treasurer Stenberg agreed that residents and businesses should check regularly, pointing out that the Unclaimed Property Division database includes more than $125 million worth of property for more than 350,000 Nebraskans, former Nebraskans, and heirs. New properties are continually added, he said.
“Nebraskans have a one in five chance of finding property that belongs to them,” he said. “Given those statistics, an important part of our work is outreach, making sure Nebraskans know about the state’s unclaimed property program and how to search for property for themselves, their friends and relatives, and their businesses and organizations,” he said.
“Events like this are ideal opportunities for us to make our program better known. Outreach activities like our booth at the Buffalo County Fair allow my staff to make personal contact with Nebraskans, to help them search our records, to answer their questions, and to provide information about how to file claims, all at no charge,” he said. “The search is well worth the time and effort. Many people are surprised at what they find and are grateful for the service.”
One of the largest current holdings amounts to more than $437,000 in money and stock. Another is for more than $227,000 in insurance death benefits. Other large individual amounts currently in the Treasurer’s unclaimed property database are a $154,681 court deposit; a $99,545 vendor check; an $89,806 checking account; an $85,407 checking account; an $81,316 matured certificate of deposit; an $80,206 insurance death benefit, and $76,737 in royalties.
The largest amount held for one owner in Buffalo County is $27,000.
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