The Eye Surgeons of Nebraska clinic at 806 South Maple will officially join the Great Plains Health family on Jan. 1.

The companies have agreed and the merger is underway. On Jan. 1, the clinic will have a new name, Great Plains Health Eye Institute.

Eye Surgeons owner Dr. Kristen Burwick approached Great Plains Health about acquiring her clinic, and she will continue to serve patients at the Eye Institute, GPH spokeswoman Mary Roberts said.

“I have loved running my practice, but stepping back and truly focusing on patient care versus running the business is the best step forward for me, personally,” Burwick said. “I believe this is also the best step for the future of expanded ophthalmology services in the region.”

Roberts said the board of directors at Great Plains Health sees the value of offering outstanding and top-of-the-line eye care to the region and voted to move forward with the acquisition of the practice in order to ensure greater access, growth and continued local leadership.

“One of our strategic objectives is to ensure access to quality care,” Ivan Mitchell, chief executive officer at Great Plains Health, said. “When Dr. Burwick approached the board, we carefully assessed the acquisition and believe that our involvement helps secure local access to continued quality eye care for our community.”

Burwick said she values “the relationship that I’ve built with each and every patient over the years, and I look forward to continuing to provide exceptional eye care at Great Plains Health Eye Institute.”

Burwick is a board-certified physician through the American Board of Ophthalmology. She earned her medical degree from The Ohio State University College of Medicine in Columbus, Ohio, where she remained for her internship and residency before moving to North Platte in 2013 to join Eye Surgeons of Nebraska.

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