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.
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.
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.