Community Impact Publication 2020



Message from the CEO As a nonprofit organization, Great Plains Health has a responsibility to our region that goes beyond providing medical care for the residents of the communities we serve. We have a long tradition of improving the health and well-being of the communities. Whether it’s through health education, partnerships with local organizations, financial contributions or the many hours that our employees and physicians give annually through volunteering, we are committed to our corporate responsibility of helping ensure the continued success of the North Platte region.

I am proud to be a part of the dedicated team at Great Plains Health. Our providers, clinical care staff and support staff are committed to excellence and improving the health and well-being of our community.

Mel McNea, MHA Great Plains Health CEO

Addressing our community’s most pressing needs

At Great Plains Health, we believe we can rise to challenges that lie before us. We are committed to inspiring a healthier community and in putting patients first in everything we do. The COVID-19 pandemic is no exception, and we have remained steadfast in our commitment to keeping our patients, staff and community safe while continuing to work on our community’s biggest health challenges identified in the 2020-2022 Community Health Needs Assessment. Following extensive data collection and review, community input, leadership prioritization and final approval by the Great Plains Health Board of Directors, the following have been identified as the five most significant community health needs in Lincoln County.

• Increase access to mental and behavioral health care. • Increase prevention and education to reduce the prevalence of chronic diseases, preventable conditions, readmissions and high mortality rates. • Increase access to safe and affordable housing. • Improve access to medical and dental care. • Recruit and retain quality healthcare professionals. To review the data collected and the Community Health Needs Assessment implementation plan created to address these six key areas over the next two years, go to

For questions or to provide feedback, please contact: Fiona Libsack, MPA, FACHE Chief development officer

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