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Great Plains Health performs first brain surgery

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

NORTH PLATTE, NEB.Great Plains Health Neurosurgeon, W. Lee Warren, MD and the surgical team performed the first brain surgeries at Great Plains Health.

The team performed two different procedures on two different patients that, prior to now, would have had to travel outside of the region to receive this type of care. Both patient outcomes were positive.

"This is the reason my wife, Lisa, and I moved to North Platte, and the reason our entire team all moved their families here. We saw the vision of bringing brain and modern spine surgery to the people of this area,” said W. Lee Warren, MD. “The hospital could have left the trauma and brain surgeries to the bigger cities, but the leadership connected with us and agreed that this area deserved 21st century neurosurgery services.”

The GPHealth surgery team for these procedures included W. Lee Warren, MD, Star Bartlett-Rone, PA-C, two scrub tech/nurses, a circulating nurse, a nurse anesthetist and an anesthesiologist.

The equipment used to complete the surgeries is specialized for neurosurgery procedures, includes the first Aesculap 3D robotic surgical microscope that has ever been delivered in the world. This microscope assists the surgical team by providing precise robotic-assisted movements and 4K 3D and high-definition imaging.

“It is very exciting to be able to offer neurosurgery at Great Plains Health,” said Rayan Moore, director of perioperative services. “Previously this type of surgery meant significant travel time for patients. Dr. Warren and the surgery team have absolutely the best and latest equipment and have focused on every detail in preparing this service for patients in our region,” said Moore.

“It has been clear to me since I arrived that the entire team at GPHealth truly wants what is best for the patient and they are willing to do what it takes to ensure that care is the highest quality,” said W. Lee Warren, MD.

The opening of Great Plains Health Brain & Spine makes it possible to treat brain injuries, tumors and Neurological disorders right here in North Platte where previously patients needing these services had to drive outside the region.


About Great Plains Health

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 over 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.