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Local physician succumbs to COVID-19

Hospital news | Sunday, September 13, 2020

Contact: Megan McGown

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NORTH PLATTE, NEB.Longtime Great Plains Health physician, Leland Lamberty, MD, died Saturday, September 12 due to complications of COVID-19.

“Dr. Lamberty was loved and respected by all who worked with him,” said Mel McNea, Great Plains Health chief executive officer. “His presence on our medical staff and in the community will be missed. He was a visionary, a mentor and a friend to many. He truly loved practicing medicine and serving his patients and it showed.”

Dr. Lamberty’s Covid-19 condition is believed to be the result of community-spread. He was a firm believer in the effectiveness of personal protective equipment and never wavered from wearing it while serving patients in the clinic.

Dr. Lamberty established Family Medicine Associates in 1973. He built a thriving practice and truly helped grow primary care in North Platte. He recruited several partners over the years, including Dr. Janet Bernard, who joined the practice in 1985 and worked alongside Dr. Lamberty for over 30 years. In 2018, Dr. Lamberty led the clinic through a formal partnership with Great Plains Health.

“For nearly fifty years, Dr. Lamberty has been a pillar in our healthcare community,” said Dr. Michael Simonson, Great Plains Health chief of staff. “He cared deeply about his patients and the practice of medicine. This was evident in his practice, his staff and in his everyday work with patients. He will truly be missed.”

“Dr. Lamberty had several generations of North Platte community residents under his care,” said Dr. Emily Jones, Great Plains Health family medicine physician. “While Dr. Lamberty can never be replaced, we will continue to care for his patients with the level of care that he would be proud of.”

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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.