UNMC chancellor visits community college’s campus

June 30, 2017 GMT

University of Nebraska Medical Center Chancellor Jeffrey P. Gold, M.D., and a leadership team from UNMC visited the Health and Sciences Building at North Platte Community College’s South Campus on Thursday.

The trip included several stops that included Lexington and Gothenburg on Wednesday, then to North Platte and Valentine on Thursday.

At each stop, the leadership team provided an update on activities happening at UNMC in Omaha and its clinical partner, Nebraska Medicine.

In North Platte, the team toured the facilities at NPCC.

“It’s a beautiful facility,” Gold said. “It’s state-of-the-art learning for the health professions that are taught here. I’m sure that from my meeting the leadership and the faculty that the students get a great education and they’re very prepared to serve the communities out here in western Nebraska.”

Gold said UNMC is looking for ways to increase collaboration with Mid-Plains Community College.


“I’m sure that there are any number of opportunities to build new programs, to do continuing education for either faculty or students,” Gold said. “And to do some of our distance learning, some of our high technology and virtual reality work together.”

He said he thought there are unlimited possibilities.

“We have really broad and deep relationships with (Great Plains Health),” Gold said. “So we’re excited to build an academic, educational relationship in addition to the clinical relationship.”

Juliann Sebastian, Ph.D., dean of the UNMC College of Nursing, also was impressed with the Health and Sciences Building.

“I had the pleasure of touring it with a hard hat in 2012 right before it opened, and to see what’s going on here is really wonderful for the people of the region,” Sebastian said. “The high technology simulation lab, the interactive classrooms and the distance learning capabilities are all really progressive.”

She reiterated the discussion about collaboration with UNMC.

“We’re always looking toward partnerships, and right now we in nursing have articulation agreements with the community college,” Sebastian said. “We’re eager to have students transfer into our programs and to make it as easy as possible for them and work together with Mid-Plains so those students will succeed.”

Jody Tomanek, area vice president for educational services at Mid-Plains Community College, said the college asked to be added to the tour.

“We really felt it was important for him to come here to see our facility,” Tomanek said. “He had never seen the Health and Sciences Building. We have been talking a lot with the medical center lately about partnerships and how we can help with the need for nurses in our community.”

The leadership team touring NPCC also included Michael Sitorius, M.D., chairman of family medicine in the UNMC College of Medicine; Howard Liu, M.D., director of the Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska; Bob Bartee, vice chancellor of external affairs at UNMC; and Erin Owen, executive director of university communications at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.