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Greg Nielsen
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Mel McNea

After five years as the chief executive officer of Great Plains Regional Medical Center, Greg Nielsen has resigned.

The medical center's chief operating officer Mel McNea will take over as interim CEO, Great Plains Regional Medical Center Board President David Pederson announced Tuesday afternoon.

No reason was given for Nielsen's resignation. A national search will be conducted for a permanent CEO.

This will not be McNea's first stint at the helm of GPRMC. He was the interim president and CEO in June 2008 after the sudden resignation of Cindy Bradley and he served in that capacity until Nielsen was hired.

McNea also has been the director of diagnostic imaging at the hospital. He began his career at Great Plains in 1987.

Pederson thanked Nielsen, noting that the cardiovascular program, bariatric surgery and wound healing centers were developed, under his leadership, and construction of a new five-story main building began two years ago.

Pederson said Great Plains has become more regionally focused and experienced a period of unprecedented growth under Nielsen.  

For his part, Nielsen said Great Plains is an exceptional organization that is positioned well for the future.

“Their success is a direct result of the great people who make up the organization -- the board, administration, medical staff, employees and volunteers. I am proud to have been part of the Great Plains journey and look forward to watching the progress continue in the future," he said.

“With a continued focus on patient care and service growth, our health system is headed in the right direction,” Pederson said  “We fully expect that the high level of patient care and consistent growth will continue.”

Great Plains Regional Medical Center is a fully accredited, 116-bed acute care regional medical center serving west-central Nebraska, northern Kansas and southern South Dakota with 82 physicians representing 27 medical specialties.

The system employs 941 staff members and serves a geographic area spanning approximately 16,000 square miles.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 4/8/2014
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