Community Impact 2021-2022


Care. World-class care starts with passion and curiosity. See how zSpace offers a unique learning experience.

Compassion. Your health is our mission. Mark your calendar for community events that support your family’s needs.

Independence. Why does a community-driven hospital matter? Hear from Ivan Mitchell, CEO.

Ivan Mitchell, CEO

Great Plains Health serves 38 counties in three states over 67,882 square miles

Care. Compassion. Independence.

Today and every day, we celebrate our healthcare independence. Our board of directors is local – not in another state. Our leadership team and 1,200 staff members are truly invested in the success and wellbeing of our community because this is the place where we live, shop and volunteer with our families. We care about our local schools, parks, businesses and more. Our commitment to this community is deep and, as an organization, we are proud to invest in the people and passions here. Our community impact report gives you a glimpse into the ways that we serve Greater Nebraska. We are proud to live in this community and it is reflected in what we do every day. For many years to come, we promise to live by our mission to inspire health and healing by putting patients first – always.


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$ 129,213 Given in donations to local nonprofit groups that align with our goal to improve the health and wellness of the communities that we serve

7,253 Hours given back in 2021 by Great Plains Health employees volunteering to serve to community


Annual economic impact of Great Plains Health to the region 2 $ 154.2 M

Patient medication (Rx) assistance program $ 1,185,300

Ivan Mitchell, FACHE, MHA, MPA, Chief Executive Officer


$ 66,200 Electricity

$ 31,500 Gas

$ 3,800 Water

$ 7,800 Fuel

$ 24,900 Phone/internet

$ 23,800 Refuse/Sewer

Megan McGown, CDO

Addressing our community’s needs Every three years, Great Plains Health conducts a Community Health Needs Assessment. This comprehensive document identifies the biggest health challenges facing our community – based on local, state and national data – and outlines how Great Plains Health plans to help. We are seeing great strides in the following prioritized areas: + Improve access to medical and dental care + Increase access to mental and behavioral care + Increase access to safe and affordable housing + Increase prevention and education to reduce the prevalence of chronic diseases, preventable conditions, readmissions and high mortality rates + Recruit and retain quality healthcare professionals You can view the full Community Health Needs Assessment, implementation plan and any updates at communitybenefit. If you have any questions or feedback, please contact me at Megan McGown





Total Free Care: $39,632,294

$40,896,109 $31,918,451


Uncompensated care is the amount a hospital doesn’t get reimbursed due to a patient not having insurance or the ability to pay for the cost of care. With the recent Medicaid expansion, Medicaid coverage is more accessible, so our uncompensated care is decreasing; but our commitment to serving this region and putting the patient first – always – is as important as ever.

2021 local spending









Rent and food

Construction and capital:


Services Supplies and equipment

Physician related



Other Nebraska spending $14,384,710 Total Nebraska spending $47,562,000

Property and vehicle taxes


Local donations




Megan McGown, MSOM Chief Development Officer

North Platte spending


1 Includes active medical staff and courtesy medical staff 2 Estimates computed by Melissa L. Trueblood, PhD, Nebraska Public Power District, June 2022

zSpace technology launches interest in healthcare careers

“It’s cool to get exposure to this before I start my medical career. I am very interested in emergency medicine. You could play all day with this.”

Beckett Allen Class of 2022, North Platte High School

With the click of a button and a pair of 3-D glasses, an entire world of possibilities is open to explore. Beckett Allen, class of 2022 at North Platte High School (NPHS), sits at a computer monitor and waves a stylus through the air as he begins to dissect a human arm, carefully analyzing muscles, bones and nerves.

“I’ve never done anything like this,” Allen says. “It’s cool to get exposure to this before I start my medical career. I am very interested in emergency medicine. You could play all day with this.” Allen is talking about zSpace technology, which allows students a unique view of these medical concepts using augmented and virtual reality.

Students have a seemingly endless array of topics to explore: microbiology, viruses and germs, human anatomy, engineering and more. The students have an intuitive way of learning the software quickly. “They showed me things I didn’t even know existed in the program,” Nicole Tomlinson, BSN, RN, clinical nurse educator at Great Plains Health, says. “It’s really neat. We’ve only scratched the surface of what we can do with this technology.”

Great Plains Health and the North Platte Public Schools Foundation received a grant last summer for the zSpace equipment. The collaborative effort to bring zSpace to North Platte aims to expand awareness and understanding of science and healthcare topics as students start thinking about a career path. The state grant provided $134,000 for the technology as part of the Developing Youth Talent Initiative. Adams Middle

Allen and his classmates in the NPHS pre-med club are using the technology, which is immersive, engaging and far different than what they may study in a book or watch in a video. “I can dissect everything and can see the entirety of it all,” another student says. “I was dissecting the heart and looking at the different features and it’s exciting to see all of it.”

School is home to 12 zSpace systems. The zSpacte lab at Great Plains Health holds four systems, as well sparked passions and limitless learning.

Any community group is welcome to inquire about using zSpace by calling 308.568.5180.

Community events

Parkinson’s support group Every first Monday of the month | 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Great Plains Health | Conference rooms A and B 601 W. Leota Street North Platte, NE 69101 Patients and caregivers are welcome to attend. This group aims to provide a community of support to empower caregivers and patients to live life to its maximum potential. As part of this group, you will receive education, tools and support to live with Parkinson’s. No registration is required. Call 308.568.7456 for more information.

Breast cancer support group Every third Thursday of the month | 6 to 7 p.m. Great Plains Health | Conference room A 601 W. Leota Street North Platte, NE 69101 Patients diagnosed with breast cancer are welcome to attend. This group aims to provide an encouraging space where patients can connect with each other. This group provides patients with emotional and practical support throughout the journey with breast cancer. No registration is required. Call 308.568.7544 for more information.

Footsteps camp A family journey through grief. July 10, 2022 Check-in 8 to 8:30 a.m. Event 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Camp Comeca 75670 Rd 417, Cozad, NE 69130 To register online, go to Registration deadline: July 1, 2022

Osteoporosis screening September 17, 2022 | 8 a.m. to noon Great Plains Health | Conference center 601 W. Leota Street North Platte, NE 69101 During the event: • Receive a FRAX (fracture risk assessment) score and learn your 10-year probability of having a fracture • Learn how to decrease your risk of fracture • Learn about osteoporosis and how medications affect your risk No registration is required. Call 308.568.8606 for more information.

the B E A T R U S H School and sports physicals are now being scheduled for the 2022 to 2023 school year.

Great Plains Pediatrics 611 W. Francis, Suite 220 North Platte, NE 69101 308.568.3580

Great Plains Family Medicine 500 W. Leota St., Suite 100 North Platte, NE 69101 308.534.4440

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