North Platte

Great Plains Regional Medical Center is a 130-bed, full service, acute care medical facility which provides major healthcare to the 100,000 people living in Nebraska’s west-central region. The facility is accredited by the Joint Commission for Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.

Medical programs offered at the hospital include medical/surgical services, an intensive care unit, emergency/trauma, maternity, pediatric and psychiatric services. Additionally, the hospital offers extensive health services including renal dialysis, Level II neonatal nursery, home and community health services (including hospice), and a radiation therapy unit which utilizes the latest in linear accelerator, and diagnostic simulation technology.

Great Plains Regional Medical Center has an active medical staff of approximately 45 physicians and a consulting staff of approximately 50 physicians. A full time physician recruitment coordinator is employed to search out new medical professionals interested in the region.

As a family practice resident, you will quickly find this unique community-based family practice residency program has a lot to offer. The first year of your program is spent in Omaha, a metropolitan area of 600,000. Omaha combines the business, cultural and recreational attractions of a big city with the friendliness of a small town. It also features a high quality of life, with a cost of living far below the national average.

During your first year, you will train at three ambulatory clinics located throughout the Omaha area and spent time at area hospitals like the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Methodist Hospital, and Ehrling Bergquist Hospital at Offutt Air Force Base.

Your second and third years of the program will be based in North Platte, Nebraska. Residents are involved in the care of patients who are rooted deep in the traditions of middle America. You will participate in weekly family practice Grand Rounds and other didactic teaching sessions through distance learning technology and interactive video. You will also have an opportunity to return to the University of Nebraska Medical Center several times a year for departmental workshops.

Your rotations at Great Plains Regional Medical Center will include: obstetrics/gynecology, surgery, family practice, neurology, pediatrics, orthopedics, otolaryngology, ophthalmology, urology, cardiology, behavioral medicine, occupational medicine, pulmonology critical care, four months of elective time, and two months of rural practice. Hands-on learning includes an on-call schedule every fourth night.

North Platte, the county seat of Lincoln County, is located in west-central Nebraska at the confluence of the North Platte and South Platte Rivers on Interstate 80. It is only about a three hour drive to Denver and the Rock Mountains. Its economic infra-structure is diverse. Among its business activities are transportation services, construction, tourism, ranching and farming. North Platte also serves as an educational and regional health center.

North Platte public schools provide a strong academic program with a broad range of course offerings from basic education to college prep and advanced placement. Mid-Plains Community College Area provides a comprehensive two-year program. Further educational opportunities are available at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, located about 100 east of North Platte or the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. More information about North Platte is available from the North Platte Area Chamber of Commerce.