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."
"We are excited to welcome Dr. Charles Kreshel and his entire team of providers and staff to our Bluestem Health Family," Meyer said. "It is an honor to be associated with the great care Dr. Kreshel has provided over the years in this community. It is because of his work that we will be naming the new clinic Bluestem Health Kreshel Clinic."
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
On a typical day Nurse Practitioner Nicole Wilford interacts with patients of all ages, from pediatrics to geriatrics, and from very diverse backgrounds. She especially enjoys listening to patients’ concerns, seeing them get better after they've implemented a care plan, and witnessing their efforts to achieve a better life for themselves and their families.
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.
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.
In 2016, Bluestem Health System in Lincoln, NE identified a need for an outreach health care worker to serve individuals who were home bound or unable to travel to its clinics. Through its Education program, it created a new position and hired Jane Garbisch, a licensed paramedic, to provide medical services and patient support to patients, primarily in their homes.
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.