Clinic business

Official inauguration of the GPH neurosurgery clinic

An open house was held Thursday at the new Great Plains Health Brain & Spine Clinic in the Old Hospital, in the east tower of the GPH property.

The new neurosurgery clinic is part of a $6.2 million renovation and conversion.

The entire building is getting a facelift, to resemble the exterior of the West Tower, which opened in 2015.

In the renovated building, the clinic uses approximately 3,200 square feet of the first floor, in what was once the cafeteria of the old hospital, built in 1975.

There is plenty of room to expand inside the east tower. Hospital officials also noted that there was room for more buildings in the large east parking lot of the GPH campus.

Inside the new clinic, neurosurgeon Dr. Lee Warren runs a healing and restoration setting with six exam rooms. It was designed by his wife Lisa to put patients at ease and make visits more efficient and less stressful.

Dr. Warren with an MRI brain scanner. The lighter spot near the top center is a tumor. Photos by Georges Lauby

Lee and Lisa Warren have been partners in business, as well as in marriage, for many years. They are recognized for their achievements in the profession.

The couple spent 12 years in a neurosurgery unit at Auburn University in Alabama, where Lee was the lead surgeon and Lisa was the lead administrator. She learned all aspects of the practice, completing her college education in interior design. The Auburn U. Clinic served a population of about half a million people and was part of the university’s research center.

It was an invigorating practice, but the couple wanted a more rural setting. Lee was born and raised in Oklahoma. They practiced in Casper, Wyoming for a while and came to North Platte in 2020.

North Platte is doing well, they said.

“We have a nice spot on the river,” Lee said. “There are three eagles living there, and we often see cranes and blue herons.”

It was a game changer for Lisa, who grew up in cities of around 4 million people. But the generosity of Nebraskans is hard to match.

“I have a beautiful garden myself,” she says, “but I’ve never had so many product offers from other gardeners as here.”

When Lee interviewed for the North Platte job, he dreamed of designing his own clinic, and GPH’s Mel McNea and Ivan Mitchell said they would make it happen if he joined.

“This space is the culmination of two years of dreaming, planning and collaboration, from boardrooms to construction workers,” Lee said at the open house. “Everyone had the same vision.”

The waiting room at the entrance, seen from the reception

Lisa is also helping design the new GPH Primary Care Building being constructed on the north side of campus. The two-story, $30 million building will contain 53 exam rooms.

Lee and Lisa served patients from a building on the south side of Leota Street, as they eagerly awaited the new clinic taking shape.

“Having our office in the same building as the laboratory and diagnostic imaging departments will improve the patient experience and help us take better care of them,” Lee said. “It’s amazing to have this resource for our patients right here in the North Platte area.”

To learn more about the clinic’s services or to make an appointment, call 308-568-8290.

Great Plains Health is a fully accredited 116-bed regional acute care medical center serving western and central Nebraska, northern Kansas and southern South Dakota with 90 physicians representing nearly 30 medical specialties.

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