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GPHealth announces two new hospital leaders

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Hospital news

Megan Hanson, Marketing Manager
Office: 308.568.7497

Great Plains Health has appointed two new members to its executive team. Tamara Martin-Linnard was selected as chief clinical officer and Barbara Petersen was promoted to chief quality officer.

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

Tamara is currently a doctoral student at Loyola University New Orleans. She received her master's degree in nursing from Loyola University and her Bachelor of Science in nursing from Kaplan University.

Barb Petersen has been promoted to chief quality officer of Great Plains Health. In her new role, Barb will work to enhance our commitment to quality by leading best-practice initiatives and guiding process improvements. Barb 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.

Barb received her Master of Science in nursing with a family nurse practitioner specialty from Clarkson College in Omaha. She received her Bachelor of Science in nursing from Midland Lutheran College. Barb is certified as a professional in healthcare quality by the National Association for Healthcare Quality.

"The appointments of Tamara and Barb are just another step in our journey from good to great," said Mel McNea, Great Plains Health CEO. "Both are extremely talented individuals and make excellent additions to our leadership team."

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