Meet LaDonna Howe, Risk Analyst

Meet LaDonna Howe, Risk Analyst

As the Risk Analyst at Bluestem Health for over 2 years, she understands that being prepared for any emergency is key and that is what she loves about her job. "What I like about emergency preparedness is that I know what needs to happen from the nursing and first-responder perspective, and from the management and preparedness side of things," LaDonna says. "I really enjoy bringing all sides together to make the plan work."

Meet Dr. Humaira Qasimyar, Pediatrician

Meet Dr. Humaira Qasimyar, Pediatrician

You can tell Humaira Qasimyar, MD, truly loves being a pediatrician when she talks about caring for children. When she was in medical school it became very apparent to her that the specialty she wanted to work in was pediatrics. "As I started to do rotations in the different specialties, I realized that I was at my happiest in my pediatrics rotation where I was able to work with children on a daily basis," Dr. Qasimyar reflects. "In pediatrics, you get a built-in support team of parents and providers who has the child’s best interest at heart. It feels good to help parents work through questions and concerns."

Dr. Michael Israel Named 2018 Young Physician of the Year

Dr. Michael Israel Named 2018 Young Physician of the Year

Michael Israel, MD, has always seen himself as a person committed to providing excellent health care to his patients, to serving others in the community, and to being a voice for those who many times aren't able to advocate for themselves. So it was no surprise to those who know Dr. Israel when he was recently recognized as the 2018 Young Physician of the Year by the Nebraska Medical Association. 

Meet Shay Piel, Provisional Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

Meet Shay Piel, Provisional Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

In college, Shay Piel was undecided on what her career path would be, or even what population segment she wanted to focus on, but knew she wanted to work with people. Once she got a better understanding of how important social workers are in providing healthcare services, it didn't take her long to decide that working in the mental health field would be a good fit for her.

Support Services at Bluestem Health

Support Services at Bluestem Health

The Support Services Team at Bluestem Health is a “one-stop shop” for resources, allowing people in the community to apply for services without the need to travel to multiple places. The dedicated and knowledgeable team led by Isela Meza can assist with applying for the Sliding Scale Fee Program, enrolling in the Health Insurance Marketplace or in Medicaid, or accessing Economic or General Assistance programs.

Meet Dr. Horacio Alvarez Ramirez

Meet Dr. Horacio Alvarez Ramirez

Early on in his residency, Dr. Alvarez Ramirez knew that he wanted to work for a Federally-qualified health system like Bluestem Health, to work with people that have the greatest need for medical care. He enjoys working in an environment that is focused on improving healthcare for all patients and committed to providing cultural-sensitive care throughout the community.

Meet Jacque Fanning, Chief Financial Officer

Meet Jacque Fanning, Chief Financial Officer

Jacque Fanning and her best friend made a pact while in high school that they would go off to college and become nurses together. But after taking a science class, she knew that nursing wasn't her calling. With help from her high school adviser, Jacque decided to go in a different direction: accounting. It was very good advice because she went on to attend Hastings College and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with an Emphasis in Accounting. Today, she is the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at Bluestem Health.

Spotlight on Michael Israel, M.D., Family Medicine and Interim Chief Medical Officer at Bluestem Health

Spotlight on Michael Israel, M.D., Family Medicine and Interim Chief Medical Officer at Bluestem Health

Michael Israel, M.D., specializes in family medicine at the Bluestem Health Thompson Clinic. He is no stranger to the Lincoln community having cared for patients at the Thompson Clinic prior to it becoming part of the Bluestem Health organization. Dr. Israel received his Medical Degree from the University of Missouri, Kansas City School of Medicine in 2011, and completed his Family Medicine Residency through the Lincoln Medical Education Partnership in Nebraska in 2014. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. He also serves as the Interim Chief Medical Officer at Bluestem Health.

Meet Wendy, Dental Hygienist

Meet Wendy, Dental Hygienist

Wendy Ohnoutka is a Dental Hygienist at Bluestem Health. She knows that beyond the education, it also takes a big heart, patience, and perseverance. Like most dental hygienists, she can find herself repeating the same information over and over again, but she knows that education is the most important part of keeping her patients healthy.