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Executive team

Mel McNea, chief executive officer

Mel McNea, MHA, chief executive officer at Great Plains Health, is leading the system through a unprecedented period of growth, quality improvement and expansion.

His genuine leadership and passion for healthcare excellence has brought many successful strategic initiatives to fruition, including the addition of a heart and vascular program, a new patient tower, the development of the Great Plains Physician Network, a spine surgery center and the first mobile CT program in western Nebraska. Throughout his 30-plus years with the organization, McNea has implemented countless programs and processes that have improved patient, physician and employee engagement at Great Plains Health and increased overall satisfaction scores.

McNea joined Great Plains Health in 1987 as the director of diagnostic imaging, leading that department through tremendous growth in volume and changes in technology and process improvement. He was selected for the prestigious Caring Kind award from the Nebraska Hospital Association in 1998. In 2004, he was promoted to Vice President of Operations and served as Interim CEO for the first time in 2008.

Prior to his tenure at Great Plains Health, McNea was the director of radiology at St. Anthony's Hospital in O'Neil, Nebraska, and at St. Andrew's Hospital in Bottineau, North Dakota.

McNea holds a master's degree in healthcare administration from the University of Phoenix and a bachelor's in biology and secondary education from Valley City State College in Valley City, North Dakota.

Krystal Claymore, chief finance & strategy officer

Krystal Claymore, FHFMA, CPA, MACC, chief finance and strategy officer, is responsible for system financial operations, strategic development and clinical integration. Claymore oversees the administrative leadership of accounting and finance, patient access, physician billing, revenue cycle management, and the Great Plains Health Innovatation Network.

Prior to joining Great Plains Health, Claymore was the vice president and chief financial officer at CGH Medical Center in Sterling, Illinois. She's also held executive leadership roles at St. Joseph's Hospital & Health Center, a Catholic Health Initiatives facility in Dickinson, North Dakota, and University Medical Center El Paso in El Paso, Texas.

Claymore earned a master's of accountancy degree from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico, and is a certified public accountant and certified healthcare financial planner.

Department responsibilities

  • Accounting
  • Great Plains Health Innovation Network (CIN)
  • Patient financial services
  • Health information management
  • Revenue integrity
  • Patient access (registration)
  • Case management

Ivan J. Mitchell, chief operating & development officer

Ivan Mitchell, FACHE, MHA, MPA, chief operating and development officer, is responsible for leading outreach and special projects designed to advance the growth and strategic direction of Great Plains Health.

Prior to relocating to North Platte, Mitchell served as CEO at Towner County Medical Center in Cando, North Dakota; administrative director at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff, Arkansas; and radiology and cardiology service manager at Intermountain Park City Medical Center in Park City, Utah.

He received a bachelor of science degree in nuclear medicine from Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, and a dual master's degree in public administration and healthcare administration from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.

Mitchell is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) and certified as a radiology administrator (CRA), nursing home administrator (NHA), and nuclear medicine technologist (CNMT) and is also certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (RT).

Department responsibilities

  • Outreach and business development
  • Special projects
  • Environmental services
  • Laundry
  • Nutrition services
  • Materials management

Barb Petersen, chief quality officer

Barb Petersen, APRN, MSN, RN, chief quality officer, is responsible for ensuring the clinical and operational oversight of quality, patient satisfaction, infection control, best practice and regulation integrity.

Petersen has a total of 23 years' clinical experience in the North Platte community that extends to emergency medicine, family medicine, pain management, cardiology, stroke, orthopaedics and quality.

Petersen received her master's degree in nursing with a family nurse practitioner specialty from Clarkson College in Omaha. She received her bachelor's in nursing from Midland Lutheran College and is certified as a professional in healthcare quality by the National Association of Healthcare Quality.

Petersen was instrumental in establishing Great Plains Health's first Joint Commission certified stroke program, the first joint camp total hip and knee replacement program and first certified bariatric program.

Department responsibilities

  • Quality department
  • Risk management
  • Infection control
  • Stroke program
  • Patient experience
  • Trauma coordination

Robert Glow, Great Plains Physician Network executive director

Robert Glow is the executive director of Great Plains Physician Network, a subsidiary company that combines the clinics of Great Plains Health and North Platte Nebraska Physician Group into a unified physician group working together to ensure that quality healthcare is available and accessible throughout the North Platte region.

Prior to relocating to North Platte, Glow was the chief administrator of Children’s Specialty Services in Omaha. His prior experience includes chief operating officer and then chief executive officer of Creighton Medical Associates, also in Omaha.

Glow earned a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Creighton University and a master's in healthcare administration from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

Tamara J. Martin-Linnard, chief clinical officer

Tamara J. Martin-Linnard, RN, MSN, BC, PMHN, chief clinical officer of Great Plains Health, provides oversight to the care, staffing and strategy of nursing and other clinical areas. She acts as the chief nursing officer and has the expanded responsibility of many other supporting clinical areas.

She came to Great Plains Health as the behavioral health unit director in December of 2015. With more than 39 years of nursing experience that spans leadership roles and direct patient care, Martin-Linnard has a vast amount of experience in clinical areas including ICU, emergency medicine, women's services, long-term care, behavioral health and rehabilitation.

Martin-Linnard is currently a doctoral student at Loyola University New Orleans, received her master's degree in nursing from Loyola University and her bachelor of science degree in nursing from Kaplan University.

Department responsibilities

  • Behavioral Health Center
  • House supervisors
  • Surgery (periop, same-day and operating room)
  • Third floor—ICU/PCU
  • IV therapy
  • Emergency department
  • Hospitalist program

Senior leadership team

Marcia Baumann, vice president of physician services

Marcia Baumann, vice president of physician services, is responsible for all physician recruitment and retention and medical credentialing services. Baumann has been with Great Plains Health for more than 20 years and has recruited well over 100 physicians to the North Platte area. She does so out of a passion for the community and the belief in the health system. Her focus is on finding the right candidate and the right fit for the organization.

Baumann earned her master's of education degree with an emphasis in business and her bachelor's in education from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.

During her time with Great Plains Health, Baumann has held a number of interim positions, including executive director of the North Platte Nebraska Physician Group, and the vice president of development.

Before joining Great Plains Health, she was the office administrator for a law office in North Platte and an instructor in business at two Nebraska high schools.

Department responsibilities

  • Physician recruitment
  • Medical staff services

Fiona Libsack, vice president of marketing, communications & education

Fiona Libsack, FACHE, MPA, APR, is the vice president of marketing, communications & education for Great Plains Health. As a seasoned healthcare executive with nearly 20 years of healthcare experience, Libsack assumed her role at Great Plains Health in 2012. She leads the marketing and public relations functions; corporate communications; leadership, physician, nursing and staff education; community outreach and specialty population services, volunteer and valet services.

Libsack came to Great Plains Health from Fort Collins, Colorado, where she served as a marketing and public relations strategist for the University of Colorado Health. Prior to that, she was the community relations manager at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff, Nebraska.

Libsack earned a master's degree in public administration and a bachelor's degree in political science at the University of Wyoming. She is a fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives, holds a national accreditation in public relations from the Public Relations Society of America and is a member of the Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development.

Department responsibilities

  • Marketing, PR and communications
  • Education
  • Orthopaedic joint rehabilitation program
  • Great Plains Surgical Weight Loss Center (bariatric program)
  • Great Plains Gives charitable contributions and community benefit program
  • GPFit! community wellness initiative
  • Volunteer services and gift shop
  • Valet services

Brandon Kelliher, chief information officer

Brandon Kelliher was selected in November 2015 as Great Plains Health's Chief Information Officer (CIO). Kelliher serves as a principal adviser to the CEO, leadership team and physicians with respect to the strategic use of IT, information management, information assurance and security, clinical data sharing activities management, technology governance, policy and operations. Kelliher led the electronic medical record conversion to Epic on the clinic side of the operation in 2016 and is currently leading the conversion to Epic on the inpatient side, scheduled to be finalized in April of 2018.

Prior to his selection as CIO, Kelliher served as the Senior Director of Information Services for Great Plains Health and the Physician Network.

During his career, Kelliher has held several leadership roles in the information technology and healthcare administration fields. He has nearly 20 years of experience in the planning, development, delivery and monitoring of technical solutions that address the needs of his customers in support of their missions.

Kelliher obtained his MBA from Phoenix University, has held leadership roles in several local service organizations and is a certified instructor for the John Maxwell leadership organization.

Department responsibilities

  • Information systems
  • Communications center
  • Biomedical

Lori Schoenholz, senior director of acute care nursing

Lori Schoenholz, MSN, RN, is the senior director of nursing at Great Plains Health. Lori works with the Chief Clinical Officer and front line nursing leadership to drive nursing quality. Lori provides administrative oversight for women’s and children services and wound care/hyperbaric oxygen therapy and also serves as the lead Epic clinical support liaison for the organization.

Lori has 29 years of nursing experience extending from long term care, dialysis, acute care, home visitation, clinical informatics and clinical consulting. In addition, she has spent 15 years of her career in leadership roles serving as chief nursing officer in two organizations.

Lori obtained her nursing diploma from Mary Lanning Hospital School of Nursing in Hastings, NE, her Bachelor of Science in nursing from Chamberlain College of Nursing, and her Master of Science in nursing degree from Walden University.

Department responsibilities

  • Second floor—Women's & Children's
  • Wound Healing Center
  • Epic clinical support liaison

Treg Vyzourek, senior director of ancillary services

Treg Vyzourek, MDI, RT, senior director of ancillary services, is responsible for ensuring the clinical and operational success of cardiology, diagnostic imaging and cancer services.

Before assuming this position in 2014, Vyzourek served as the Vice President of Regional Strategy and Outreach; and prior to that, the Executive Director of the North Platte Nebraska Physician Group, responsible for the management and development of employed physician practices. Vyzourek was instrumental in the planning and development of the Great Plains Health outpatient imaging center and has led many major initiatives for the health system.

Vyzourek began his healthcare career as a radiologic technologist at Hays Medical Center in Hays, Kansas, and has had several positions of increasing responsibility in radiology and management.

He holds a bachelor's degree in medical diagnostic imaging from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas.

Department responsibilities

  • Heart & Vascular Center
  • Callahan Cancer Center
  • Imaging Center
  • Diagnostic imaging
  • Cardiac rehabilitation

Danelle Franzen, senior director of ancillary services

Danelle Franzen, MBA, MLS (ASCP), senior director of ancillary services, is responsible for ensuring the clinical and operational success of the laboratory, rehab services, home health and hospice, cardiopulmonary services, clinical nutrition and pharmacy.

Before assuming this position in 2014, Franzen served as the laboratory director for three years. Franzen was responsible for the management and development of the laboratory and was instrumental in implementation of automated instrumentation to improve productivity and efficiency within the Great Plains Health Laboratory. She began her healthcare career as a medical laboratory technician at Great Plains Health and has had several positions of increasing responsibility in laboratory and management.

Franzen earned a master's degree in business administration from Bellevue University in Bellevue, Nebraska. She earned a bachelor's degree in clinical laboratory science from Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, and an associate's degree from Mid Plains Community College in North Platte.

Department responsibilities

  • Laboratory
  • Great Plains Sports & Therapy (inpatient and outpatient rehab services)
  • Home health & hospice
  • Pulmonology services
  • Clinical nutrition
  • Pharmacy

Libby Lashley, Great Plains Health Care Foundation director

Libby Lashley, MHA, is the Director of Great Plains Health Care Foundation at Great Plains Health in North Platte. Lashley works with the Foundation Board of Directors to oversee philanthropic gifts made to the organization. Lashley assumed the position in 2011 and since then has helped raise nearly $7million for projects that enhance patient care as well as improve the patient experience.

Lashley received a bachelor's degree in dental hygiene in 1994 from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and her master's degree in healthcare administration from Bellevue University in 2007. Additionally, she has completed several educational programs furthering her knowledge of philanthropy and development, including a certification in fundraising management from University of Nebraska Omaha and a fellowship from the Charitable Estate Planning Institute.

Prior to joining Great Plains Health, Lashley served as a board member for several nonprofits and the community as a volunteer in many capacities. Lashley is married and is the mother to three daughters.

Mike Halkens, chief ethics & compliance officer

Mike Halkens, MA, is the chief ethics and compliance officer responsible for providing a comprehensive strategy to promote consistent ethical actions in all facets of Great Plains Health's business. Under the umbrella of the compliance program are 16 departmental compliance plans for which the compliance officer provides guidance. Halkens also provides guidance to the Great Plains Health ethics program.

Halkens joined Great Plains Health in 1998 and has a bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and Master of Arts degree from the University of Phoenix.

Areas of responsibility

  • Compliance program
  • Ethics program

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