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Great Plains Regional Medical Center simplifies nameTell North Platte what you think
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New main building under construction, mid-March. (click on images to enlarge)
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The construction on Monday, taken from a camera at the site.

Great Plains Regional Medical Center is now named simply Great Plains Health, officials publically announced Monday.

The name change is the result of a three-year process that involved extensive discussion, research and development, interim CEO Mel McNea said.

“The name Great Plains Health fits the direction and vision we’ve been moving toward for some time now,” McNea said.

McNea said the medical center has grown into “much more than an acute care facility, as the name ‘Regional Medical Center’ denotes” thanks to the help of primary care providers, other physician partners and the community.

Answering the call for access to advanced care that is safe, high quality and cost efficient has resulted in remarkable growth in the past five years, including:

• Expansion of the medical staff from 70 physicians to 90.

• New bariatrics, cardiology, endocrinology, hospitalist, infectious disease, PET imaging, pulmonology, sleep medicine, spine surgery, stroke and wound care programs — nearly 30 medical specialties in all.

• A new patient tower, scheduled to open in August 2015.

• Twelve Great Plains Physician Network clinics in North Platte.

• Fifteen outreach clinics in communities throughout west central Nebraska.

The newer, simpler name indicates a larger, or at least evolving, role for the medical center in keeping people healthy.

“The inclusion of the word ‘health’ speaks to our new mission to inspire health and healing by putting patients first — always,” said McNea.

To “inspire health,” Great Plains has already developed free-of-charge, open-to-the-public community programs, including:

• Couch to 5K training

• Great Plains Get Moving Club

• Smoking cessation classes

• Partnerships with nonprofit groups to create wellness opportunities for all ages.

Spokeswoman Fiona Lisback refers to these wellness efforts as “just the beginning.”

“Our growth has created greater access for those in need of healthcare and also helped build our reputation as a health system of choice throughout the region,” Libsack said. “But helping individuals in our region when they are sick or hurt is only part of the equation. We believe that the quality of one’s health has a profound impact on one’s quality of life.”

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 6/16/2014
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