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.
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).
- Outreach and business development
- Special projects
- Environmental services
- 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.
- 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.
- Behavioral Health Center
- House supervisors
- Surgery (periop, same-day and operating room)
- Third floor—ICU/PCU
- IV therapy
- Emergency department
- Hospitalist program
Tom Legel, chief financial officer
Tom Legel serves as the chief financial officer of Great Plains Health. He joined the team in 2017, coming from Twin Falls, Idaho, where he served as the East Region Financial Administrator for St. Luke's Health System. His responsibilities include strategic financial planning, revenue cycle enhancement, cost and performance improvement, managed care contracting and budgeting.
Tom brings his diverse finance and information technology experience to GPHealth in a career that spans 25 years. He has a master's degree in business administration and a bachelor's degree in public accounting from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington.
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.
- 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.
- Marketing, PR and communications
- 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.
- Information systems
- Communications center
Lori Schoenholz, senior director of nursing informatics
Lori Schoenholz, MSN, RN, is the senior director of nursing informatics at Great Plains Health. Lori works with the information systems team, physicians and the nursing team to ensure successful use, maximum application and optimal deployment of EPIC, the electronic medical record system that is used throughout the Great Plains Health system.
Lori hasmore than 30 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, Neb., her Bachelor of Science in nursing from Chamberlain College of Nursing and her Master of Science in nursing degree from Walden University.
Lori Schoenholz, senior director of nursing informatics
- 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.
- 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.
- Great Plains Sports & Therapy (inpatient and outpatient rehab services)
- Home health & hospice
- Pulmonology services
- Clinical nutrition
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
Krystal Claymore, VP of Great Plains Health Innovation Network
Krystal Claymore, FHFMA, CPA, MACC, VP of Great Plains Health Innovation Network, is responsible for collaborating with local physicians in the interest of improving the quality and value of care as part of a clinically integrated network. The Great Plains Health Innovation Network is the only clinically integrated network in Nebraska, west of Omaha. In a previous position, Krystal served as the chief financial and strategy officer for Great Plains Health.
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.
- Great Plains Health Innovation Network
- Care Coordination Team
Kathy Bourque, patient experience director
Kathy Bourque has served as the patient experience director at Great Plains Health since 2016. Her role involves serving as an advocate for patients and their families as well as providing ongoing customer service training throughout the health system.
Prior to joining Great Plains Health, Kathy was an entrepreneur, leadership consultant and small business owner. She also served on two health system boards including the Great Plains Health Board (where she led the quality committee) and the Great Plains Health Care Foundation Board.
Kathy received a master's degree in organizational leadership from Western Governors University and a bachelor's degree in business management and marketing from Chadron State College.
Patient experience director
Jennifer Rosspank, senior director of revenue cycle
Jennifer Rosspank joined the Great Plains Health team in 2017 to lead the revenue cycle division. Prior to joining Great Plains Health, Jennifer was the Senior Director of A/R Management at Conifer Health Solutions in Tacoma, Washington and the Director of Patient Financial Solutions at Provena Health.
Jennifer received her master's degree in healthcare administration from the University of St. Francis and a bachelor's in American history from Mount Holyoke College.
Jennifer Rosspank, MHA
Senior director of revenue cycle