About Bluestem

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A trusted resource for excellent medical, dental, and behavioral health services.

Healthcare For All

Bluestem Health, formerly known as The People’s Health Center, has been committed to improving the health of the people of Lincoln, Nebraska and of Lancaster County since 2003. Bluestem Health has a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) designation status and serves over 19,000 patients annually. We are dedicated to providing high-quality medical, dental, and behavioral health services, easy access to care, and affordable services, all through one health organization.

“To be a trusted resource for excellent medical, dental, and behavioral health services.”

Our Mission

We at Bluestem Health are led by a bold vision for a more vibrant, healthy community for everyone. We are determined to provide exceptional care to each patient at all times and in a compassionate manner. As a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), Bluestem Health’s qualified doctors and other providers consistently ensure that all of our patients receive the highest standards of care, and we provide these quality services to anyone in our community. We promote healthy living and social well-being in the Lincoln area, working with community partners to ensure that no one goes without the necessary care they need.

“A vibrant, healthy community.”

Our Vision

Our name reflects who we are and what we do. “Bluestem” is Nebraska’s state grass — an adaptable grass that promotes life and healing for wildlife habitats. Providing a home and a healing place is the image Bluestem Health invokes as we serve our community with an inclusive approach to healthcare and a deep commitment to the health of every member of our community, regardless of insurance status. At Bluestem Health, 72% of our patients have some type of insurance and we also offer a sliding fee discount to serve the underinsured and uninsured.

Bluestem Health operates five integrated family medicine clinics located across Lincoln, NE with some educational services provided at the administrative location. Comprehensive services for all ages include family medicine, general dentistry, behavioral health, addiction and substance use, lab testing, and x-ray services.

At Bluestem Health, we believe that every Nebraskan deserves the best care possible. We look forward to serving you!

Our Values


We celebrate diversity in people, in beliefs, and in need.

Equality with Dignity

We believe that all people deserve access to excellent healthcare.


We will meet each patient with respect and without judgment.

Quality Care

We will provide the best possible care to each patient at all times.

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Leadership Team

Brad Meyer

Brad Meyer, CMPE

Chief Executive Officer
Shane Ludwig

Shane Ludwig

Chief Operations Officer

Jacque Fanning, CPA, CGMA

Chief Financial Officer
Ashlee Dickinson

Ashlee Dickinson, MBA, CPSP

Chief Human Resources Officer

Michael Israel, MD

Chief Medical Officer

Andrew Shahan, MD

Deputy Medical Director

Rebecca Brodecky

Dental Clinic Manager

Board of Directors

Paul Ramirez, Chair
Andrew Schill, Vice Chair
Betsy Tonniges, Secretary
Niki Stehlik, Treasurer
Galen Bernadt
Dr. Bob Bleicher
Dr. Derek Blumenstock
Romeo Guerra

Beth Whitaker
David Wisch
Janice Walker
Kevin Karmazin
Lecia Ann Vitosh
Lucy Flores
Michelle Roberts
Tyler Strong
Shirley Terry


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