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Leadership team named for regional health system

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014 11:01 a.m. CDT

OMAHA, Neb. — Professionals from across Nebraska and Iowa are coming together to lead a large regional healthcare system formed by the integration of Alegent Creighton Health with the Catholic Health Initiatives organizations in Nebraska. Headquartered in Omaha, the executive team led by Chief Executive Officer Cliff Robertson, M.D., will oversee all aspects of the organization that stretches from Kearney, Neb., to Corning, Iowa.

“Moving the organization into the next era of a changing healthcare environment is the challenge and the opportunity in front of us,” said Dr. Robertson. “We have a leadership team of strategic-minded, forward-thinking leaders who understand that our patients and our communities must be at the forefront of every decision.”

Executive leadership team members include: Chief Medical Officer Cary Ward, M.D., MBA, FACP; Chief Nursing Officer Jane Carmody DNP, MBA, RN, CENP; Chief Operations Officer Joan Neuhaus; Chief Financial Officer Jeanette Wojtalewicz; SVP Chief Human Resources Officer Nancy Wallace; SVP Mission Services Bonnie J. Burnett
; SVP Strategy and Business Development Steve Houston; President Alegent Creighton Clinic Rick Rolston, M.D., F.A.A.P.; President The Physician Network Kent Reckewey, M.D.; Vice President, Clinically Integrated Network (UniNet) Ann Oasan; Regional General Counsel Jason Yungtum; Regional Chief Information Officer Karun Kapur.

Alegent Creighton Health and the Catholic Health Initiatives organizations in Nebraska are integrating to create single, regional health network with a unified mission: nurturing the healing ministry of the church while creating healthier communities. Headquartered in Omaha, the combined organization will consist of 16 hospitals, two stand-alone behavioral health facilities and more than 150 employed physician practice locations in Nebraska and southwestern Iowa. Nearly 15,900 employees comprise the workforce of this network that includes 2,820 licensed beds and serves as the primary teaching partner of Creighton University’s health sciences schools. In fiscal year 2013, the organization provided a combined $130.7 million in quantified community benefit including services for the poor, free clinics, education and research. With locations stretching from Kearney, Neb., to Missouri Valley, Iowa, the health network is the largest in Nebraska and serves residents of Nebraska, southwest Iowa and northern Kansas.

Locally, Mercy Hospital Corning remains under the leadership of hospital President Deb Goldsmith, Chief Nurse Executive Kathy Peckham, Operations Director of Ancillary Services Lisa Wolfe and Clinic Manager Beth Spieker.

“Dr. Robertson has met with our board of directors and we have shared our strategic plan for Mercy Hospital Corning. We are pleased to be working with him and the entire leadership team as we provide health care for southwest Iowa,” Deb Goldsmith said.  “Our top focus remains on the patient’s quality of care and safety while we work to enhance health care services locally.”

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