The Leadership
of Nebraska Health Network

Nebraska Health Network is a physician-led Accountable Care Organization (ACO) formed by Methodist Health System, Nebraska Medicine, and their affiliated physicians and hospitals to improve the health of all patients by delivering high-quality, affordable, and accessible health services throughout Nebraska and Western Iowa.

As an ACO, our goal is to change the way health care is being delivered in our community through population health management. We value our physician partners, and we pride ourselves on being a locally-based, physician-led organization.

Meet the leadership team that keeps Nebraska Health Network moving forward.

Board of Directors

Nebraska Health Network is led by a board of local doctors who are working together to improve the health of our communities and transform health care in Nebraska and western Iowa.

Steven Bailey, MD
Steven Bailey, MD | Nebraska Health NetworkBoard-certified in internal medicine, Dr. Steven Bailey attended medical school at University of Nebraska Medical Center and did his residency at the Michigan State University Kalamazoo Center of Medical Science in Kalamazoo, Mich. He has been a practicing physician with Methodist Health System for more than 20 years.
Brent Crouse, MD
Brent Crouse, MD | Nebraska Health NetworkDr. Brent Crouse is a practicing internal medicine physician with Nebraska Medicine and serves as an assistant professor in the Internal Medicine Division of General Medicine at University of Nebraska Medical Center. He received his medical degree from Loma Linda University in Southern California and completed his residency training through the United States Air Force at Keesler Medical Center in Biloxi, Miss.
Don Darst, MD
DonDarst, MD | Nebraska Health NetworkDr. Don Darst is board-certified in internal medicine and earned his medical degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Dr. Darst is the sole owner and president of Midwest Regional Health Services in Omaha. MRHS was the first clinic in Nebraska to be recognized as a NCQA Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home.
Stephanie Daubert
Stephanie Daubert | Nebraska Health NetworkStephanie Daubert is Chief Financial Officer for Nebraska Medicine. Prior to her position as Chief Financial Officer, Daubert served as Controller for the Nebraska Medical Center for over 12 years. She began her career at Nebraska Medicine over 25 years ago beginning as a unit secretary in college and working her way up into more progressive leadership roles over the years.
Jeff Francis
Jeff FrancisJeff Francis is Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Nebraska Methodist Health System. Francis joined Methodist with more than 25 years of financial management experience obtained through a variety of health-care organizations nationwide. He earned his Master of Business Administration from Creighton University.
Steve Goeser
Steve GoeserSteve Goeser is President and CEO of Methodist Health System. Prior to his appointment to CEO in 2018, Goeser served as President and Chief Executive Officer for Methodist Hospital. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Creighton University and his Master of Business Administration in health-care administration from City University in Bellevue, Washington.
Richard Hahn
Richard HahnRichard Hahn retired from Farmers National Company in 2005, where he served as a President and CEO. During his leadership, Farmers National Company expanded its services and continued to grow and maintain its position as the nation’s largest farm and ranch management company. He was named a Nebraska Hall of Agricultural Achievement honoree in 2011. In addition to serving on the NHN Board, Hahn also is a member of the Nebraska Methodist College Board of Directors.
James Linder, MD
James Linder, MD | Nebraska Health NetworkDr. James Linder serves as Chief Executive Officer of Nebraska Medicine. A native Nebraskan, Dr. Linder earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry and microbiology from Iowa State University and his medical degree with distinction from UNMC. He completed his residency training in pathology at Duke University Medical Center and at UNMC.
William Shiffermiller, MD
William Shiffermiller, MDDr. Shiffermiller was appointed Vice President of Medical Affairs at Methodist Hospital in 1998. He had previously served as president of the facility’s medical staff. In addition to his responsibilities at Methodist Hospital, Dr. Shiffermiller continues to see patients in his private practice as an internal medicine physician. Dr. Shiffermiller earned his bachelor’s degree from University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He earned his medical degree and completed his residency at UNMC. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine.
J. Ken Tiojanco, MD
Dr. Tiojanco is a board-certified anesthesiologist in Omaha. He earned his medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine, where he also completed his residency. Dr. Tiojanco practices at Anesthesia West PC in Omaha.
Kent Willadsen, MD
Kent WilladsenDr. Willadsen is a practicing family medicine physician with Methodist Physicians Clinic in Council Bluffs. He earned his medical degree from the University of Iowa College of Medicine and completed his residency at Lincoln Medical Education Partnership.
Peter Whitted, MD, JD
Peter Whitted, MD, JDDr. Peter Whitted is a specialist in external ocular disease, anterior segment, laser surgery, glaucoma and LASIK/vision correction surgery at Midwest Eye Care. An Omaha native, he received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and a law degree from the University of Nebraska College of Law, Lincoln. Dr. Whitted earned a medical degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. Following a pathology internship at the University of Colorado College of Medicine in Denver, Dr. Whitted completed his ophthalmology residency at Baylor College of Medicine, Cullen Eye Institute, Houston.

Medical Management Executive Committee

The Medical Management Executive Committee (MMEC) sets guidelines directing the medical infrastructure of the Nebraska Health Network, including overseeing the Clinical Workgroups and advising the board on medical management issues.

Dr. Chandra Are, Nebraska Medicine

Dr. Brent Crouse, Nebraska Medicine

Dr. Steve Bailey, Methodist Physicians Clinic

Dr. Donald Darst, Midwest Regional Health Systems

Dr. Harris Frankel, Nebraska Medicine

Dr. Bill Lydiatt, Methodist Health System & Nebraska Medicine

Dr. Bill Shiffermiller, Methodist Health System

Staff Leadership

The Nebraska Health Network’s day-to-day staff leaders bring decades of health care and business expertise and experience.

Lee Handke, PharmDCEO

Michael Romano, MD, Chief Medical Officer

Katie Miller, PharmD, BCPS, CRC, Director of Clinical Integration

Michael Battreall, Director of IT and Analytics

Lindsay Cosimano, APR, Director of Marketing and Communications

Mallory Callahan, MPAS, PA-C, Director of Population Health