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.

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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.

Pete Whitted, MD
Pete Whitted, MD | Nebraska Health NetworkBoard member Pete Whitted, MD, is an ophthalmologist in private practice in Omaha with Midwest Eye Care, P.C. Dr. Whitted received his medical degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center before completing his ophthalmology residency at Baylor College of Medicine, Cullen Eye Institute in Houston, Texas. Dr. Whitted has held numerous leadership positions in the community, including serving as a former Chief of Medical Staff at Nebraska Medical Center and a past president of Metro Omaha Medical Society and the Nebraska Academy of Ophthalmology.
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 (UNMC) 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.
Brad Britigan, MD
Brad Britigan, MD | Nebraska Health NetworkDr. Brad Britigan currently serves as the President of Nebraska Medicine and Dean of the UNMC College of Medicine. A Minnesota native who grew up in St. Louis, Mo., Dr. Britigan, an internal medicine/infectious disease specialist, was named Dean of the UNMC College of Medicine in 2011 after seven years at the University of Cincinnati as Chair of Internal Medicine, which was preceded by 17 years at University of Iowa. In addition to various leadership positions with Nebraska Medicine and UNMC, Dr. Britigan is a member of the American Society of Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians.
James Canedy, MD
James Canedy, MD | Nebraska Health NetworkDr. James Canedy is a practicing orthopedic surgeon with OrthoWest. He received his medical degree from University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) and completed an orthopaedic surgery residency at the Campbell Clinic, University of Tennessee College of Health Sciences. In addition to his role with Nebraska Health Network, Dr. Canedy holds numerous leadership positions in the community, including serving as a board member for Nebraska Medicine, Board Chair for Clarkson College Board of Trustees, President of SimplyWell, and President of Paramount Group.
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 (UNMC). 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.
John Fraser
John Fraser | Nebraska Health NetworkJohn Fraser joined Methodist Health System (MHS) as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Methodist Hospital in 1991. He was named President and CEO of the hospital in 1997, a position he held until 2007, when he was appointed President and CEO of MHS. Prior to joining Methodist Hospital, Fraser served as Vice President of Medical and Professional Services at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital in Houston, Texas. He also held administrative positions at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Mo., and Alton Memorial Hospital in Alton, Illinois. Fraser is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. He earned his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in health administration from Washington University in St. Louis.
John Mitchell, MD
John Mitchell, MD| Nebraska Health NetworkBoard member Dr. John Mitchell is a practicing gastroenterologist with Midwest Gastrointestinal Associates, P.C. He received his medical degree from University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) before completing his residency in internal medicine at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minn. Dr. Mitchell went on to receive additional training through his gastroenterology fellowship from the University of Minnesota before returning to Nebraska to practice.
William Shiffermiller, MD
William Shiffermiller, MD | Nebraska Health NetworkWilliam Shiffermiller, MD, 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.
Stephanie Daubert
Stephanie Daubert | Nebraska Health NetworkStephanie Daubert currently serves as 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.
Carl Smith, MD
Carl Smith, MD | Nebraska Health NetworkDr. Carl Smith is practicing OB/GYN and Maternal and Fetal Medicine physician with UNMC-P. He also serves as the Professor and Chairmen of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology with UNMC. Dr. Smith graduated from medical school at UNMC and completed his residency at the Naval Regional Medical Center in Portsmouth, Va. Dr. Smith did additional training through his maternal-fetal medicine fellowship at University of South Carolina. Dr. Smith is actively involved in leadership positions with UNMC and the Nebraska Health Network.

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. James Canedy, OrthoWest

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

Larra Petersen-Lukenda, PhD, Director of Population Health Management & Clinical Integration

Michael Battreall, Director of IT Systems

Andy Williams, Director of Marketing and Communications

Katie Miller, PharmD, Pharmacist