Spotlight Business

February Spotlight Business: Greater Nebraska Medical & Surgical Services’

Alliance: Greater Nebraska Medical & Surgical Services’ (GNMSS) history begins in the late 1970s. Drs. Raymond Olson, Donald Wilkinson and James Bane leased property from the County and finished the building for their Box Butte Medical Center practice in 1976, just north of the newly finished Box Butte General Hospital. The practice and building were purchased by Box Butte General Hospital in 1990, with the Box Butte Medical Center practice renamed as Sandhills Family Center in 1997. In January of 2008, BBGH acquired the practice of Cody Medical Associates and in May of 2008 acquired Alliance Medical Center, incorporating the clinic’s office staff and providers into Sandhills Family Center. In 2011, the clinic name was changed to Greater Nebraska Medical & Surgical Services (GNMSS) due to the addition of general & trauma surgery clinic and an orthopedic surgery and sports medicine clinic. The Clinic provides health care for the whole family.

Current health care providers are:
Jessica Ott, MD
Brittney Bauer, PA-C
Jerre Mount, PA-C
Abigail Vogel, APRN-FNP-BC
Kristin Ferguson, APRN-BC
Sally Bryner, APRN-FNP-BC, CLC

Hemingford: Since it was first founded in 1868, Hemingford has always had a practicing physician attending the needs of its citizens. Hemingford was blessed with having John Ruffing, Jr., M.D. as its physician for 50 years. Dr. Ruffing began his practice in 1961. He approached Box Butte General Hospital in 2000 to propose that his clinic become a part of BBGH’s operations. The discussions proved fruitful, with the clinic acquired by the hospital in January of 2001, becoming the second satellite clinic operated by BBGH. Dr. Ruffing retired in 2012.

Current health care providers are:
Jessica Ott, MD
Brittney Bauer, PA-C
Abigail Vogel, APRN-FNB-BC
Sally Bryner, APRN-FNP-BC, CLC

Hyannis: The community of Hyannis is located 60 miles east of Alliance in the rolling Sandhills of Nebraska. Cow Country Health Center’s origins began in 1991, with residents of Hyannis forming a Hyannis Health Center Committee to raise funds for a clinic in their community, in order to help keep its physician Dr. Erik Johnson practicing within the small Sandhills town. Soon after, the Cow Country Community Foundation was formed. The fund raising effort was successful, with land donated by the Get Up and Go Extension Club. Ground breaking for the Cow Country Health Center was held in May of 1992, with the Clinic’s grand opening held in December of that same year. Dr. Johnson left the community several years later. In September of 1998, an agreement was reached between the Cow Country Community Foundation and Box Butte General Hospital that would allow the hospital to operate the clinic. Cow Country Health Center was re-opened in October, becoming the first of three rural health clinics operated by the hospital. The practice was renamed in 2011 to GNMSS Hyannis Clinic.

Current health care providers are:
Abigail Vogel, APRN-FNP-BC

GNMSS Orthopedic Surgery & Sports Medicine was established in 2011 to better serve the orthopedic and sports medicine needs of Greater Nebraska. The clinic provides the following services:
• General Orthopedics
• Knee Reconstruction
• Shoulder Reconstruction
• Primary & Revision Joint Replacement
• Sports Medicine
• Spine
• Foot/Ankle

Current Orthopedic Surgeons are:
Bryan Bomberg, MD
John Ray, MD
Stuart Myers, MD

Urology was added to the clinic in January of 2015 with the arrival of Stacy J. Childs, MD, FACS. Dr. Childs is a pioneer in laser prostatectomy (one of only three urologists who started using the technique in the United States when first developed). He has traveled the world teaching fellow urologists the procedure. Dr. Childs has been listed in America’s Top Doctors since the fifth edition of the organization and has been listed in Best Doctors in America every year since 2007.

Current Urologist:
Stacy Childs, MD, FACS

Ear, Nose, Throat and Facial Plastic Surgery is making a reappearance to the clinic in February 2018. Greater Nebraska Medical & Surgical Services (GNMSS) is pleased to announce that ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist Jay W. White, MHA, DO, FAOCO, is returning to the Alliance clinic staff, having contracted with Box Butte General Hospital to see patients at the clinic on a monthly basis.

Current ENT Specialist
Jay W. White, MHA, DO, FAOCO