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. 
 

Pediatric Care at Bluestem Health

Pediatric Care at Bluestem Health

Pediatric Care at Bluestem Health is anything but ordinary. Our physicians know it is important to work together with parents and caregivers toward achieving their common goal - excellent childhood health that sets a child up for a healthy lifetime. We provide wellness care and routine check-ups, same-day visit to help your child get healthy when they are ill, routine immunizations, and education for a lifetime of great health. 
 

Better Communication with Bluestem Health

Better Communication with Bluestem Health

In our 14 years of existence, first as People’s Health Center and now as Bluestem Health, we have made some great strides in the services we provide. However, we know we need to improve the way we communicate with our patients. We want to continue to grow. We have set several goals for improvement over the course of the next year and designed action plans to achieve those growth opportunities.