Great Plains Health hosted a ribbon cutting Friday to commemorate the grand opening of the new Lamberty Education Center.

Named after the late Dr. Leland Lamberty, the center will serve as the education hub for employees, regional first responders and area hospitals.

The Lamberty Education Center is on the second floor of the Centennial Park Medical Building at 500 W. Leota St. 

The new location features four dedicated classrooms with updated computer and presentation technology as well as an expanded simulation lab. The lab is equipped with three state-of-the-art training simulation mannequins — Victoria, ISTAN and Baby Super Tory.

The simulators offer students an opportunity to role play real-to-life critical care situations in many areas including intensive care, stroke, trauma, and labor and delivery. 

“We believe strongly in the value of real-time, hands-on education and training for healthcare professionals and the community,” Great Plains Health chief executive officer Mel McNea said

“With the ever-changing nature of healthcare and the scarce resource of healthcare professionals available, it is more critical than ever that we offer an advanced education center to train healthcare professionals in our region,” McNea said.  

“The more practice we can give to our students, the more confidence, higher quality and experience they have when faced with live situations in the health care setting,” said Fiona Libsack, Great Plains Health chief development officer.

“The Great Plains Health Lamberty Education Center is an integral part of our overall recruitment and retention strategy to increase the number of people training for a career in the healthcare field, further sharpen the skills of existing healthcare professionals in the region and expand the educational program offerings for various disciplines of healthcare in our region,” Libsack said.

“It’s a beautifully designed, modern space that serves as a perfect learning environment for our students,” she said. “We’re grateful for the opportunity.”

Based in North Platte, Great Plains Health is a fully accredited, 116-bed acute-care regional medical center serving western and central Nebraska, northern Kansas and southern South Dakota.

With 90 physicians representing nearly 30 medical specialties, the Great Plains Health system offers advanced health care, including heart and vascular, cancer, and orthopedic surgery services.

Top photo: Cutting the ribbon. From left: Gary Person, President/CEO North Platte Area Chamber and Development; Shari Cecil, Chamber Hostess; Jody Lamberty; Becky Kempke; and Brad Hisel, Chamber Ambassador. Courtesy photo by Megan McGown.