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Great Plains Health (GPHealth) is driven by a dedicated commitment to our journey from good to great in continual pursuit of excellence in the areas of people, quality, service, growth and finance. To the people of Great Plains Health, excellence is not a destination, but an ongoing journey to get better at what we do every day and in every way. Our journey is intentional, measurable and innovative, as we seek to deliver the very best care possible to the people we serve. We are led by the guiding principles set forth by our board of directors in our three-year strategic plan:

  • Ensure access to quality care.
  • Encourage innovation to improve patient care.
  • Grow services to meet our region’s needs.
  • Stay true to our mission, vision and values.
  • Maintain the independence of healthcare within our region.

Located just left-of-center in the state, Great Plains Health in North Platte, Nebraska, is a nonprofit, fully accredited, 116-bed regional referral center serving west Nebraska, northern Kansas and northern Colorado. In total, our primary and secondary service areas span 34 counties, 136,000 lives and approximately 67,832 square miles, about the size of the state of Pennsylvania. With nearly 100 physicians representing 30 medical specialties, the Great Plains Health system offers advanced medical services, including heart and vascular, cancer, orthopedic services, women's services, and a level III trauma center. The system employs approximately 1,100 employees and has more than 200 volunteers. The range of patient populations served includes neonatal, pediatric, adult, obstetric and geriatric.

Great Plains Health, formerly known as Great Plains Medical Center, opened its doors in 1975 upon the merging of two smaller medical facilities: Memorial Hospital and St. Mary's Hospital. Since then, Great Plains Health (GPHealth) has served as the region’s leader in the investment of their people, facilities, technology, equipment and medical expertise to grow and advance healthcare in the communities we serve.

Excellence is not a destination, but an ongoing journey to get better at what we do every day and in every way.

As we grow our provider base, we continue to add more specialty clinics and procedures, which is ultimately allowing more patients to stay at home for quality health care services instead of traveling great distances.

Great Plains Health has approximately 183,000 patient encounters per month and houses western Nebraska's only:

  • Heart and vascular center.
  • Wound healing center.
  • Level 2 neonatal intensive care unit.

We serve the region through 13 Great Plains Physician Network and hospital-based clinics, with providers who perform outreach in 26 critical access hospitals in Nebraska and Kansas. Two hundred fifty academic institutions partner with Great Plains Health to provide rural internships for medical, nursing and allied health students in numerous specialties.

The patients we serve

Average per year:

  • Admissions: 5,484.
  • Babies delivered: 550.
  • Clinic visits: 129,000.
  • Surgeries: 3,831.
  • Diagnostic tests: 57,048.
  • Lab & pathology procedures: 350,000.

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