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Great Plains Health welcomes new member to executive team

Hospital news | Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Contact: Mary Roberts

North Platte, Neb., June 8, 2022 – After a nationwide search, Great Plains Health is pleased to announce a new addition to its executive team. Summer Owen, MBA, will assume the role of chief financial officer on June 13.

Owen has 18 years of experience in healthcare finance, including eight years in a chief financial officer role with LifePoint Health in Fort Morgan, Colo.

“Summer has a true talent for driving financial performance and process improvement,” Ivan Mitchell, CEO, says. “She is already an asset to our team and we are confident in the wealth of knowledge and leadership she brings to Great Plains Health.”

In her previous role, Owen led financial and support operations for a 50 acute bed hospital, geriatric behavioral health unit, home care agency and multi-specialty physician group with multiple outreach locations.

Owen’s specialties include operations management, budgeting, capital planning and cost containment.

“Joining the team at Great Plains Health is an exciting step,” Owen says. “I am impressed by this organization’s commitment to the health and wellbeing of Greater Nebraska. I am eager to contribute to the continued success of this organization and community.”

Owen holds a master of business administration degree in finance and accounting from Regis University and a bachelor of science degree in business from the University of Phoenix. She is also a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and Healthcare Financial Management Association.

Owen is excited to make North Platte her home and learn more about the community. Owen and her husband enjoy fishing, camping and spending time with family.

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About Great Plains Health

Based in North Platte, Nebraska, Great Plains Health is a fully accredited, 116-bed acute-care regional medical center serving western and central Nebraska, northern Kansas and southern South Dakota. With 90 physicians representing nearly 30 medical specialties, the Great Plains Health system offers advanced health care, including heart and vascular, cancer, and orthopedic surgery services. Great Plains Health is a Level III trauma center, and all of its emergency department physicians are residency-trained and board-certified in emergency medicine. The system employs approximately 1,200 employees and serves a geographic area spanning approximately 16,000 square miles. The hospital is accredited by the Center for Improvement in Healthcare Quality (CIHQ) and is home to an American College of Surgeons-accredited cancer center and Level II bariatric surgery program. For more information, visit gphealth.org.