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Mike Romano, MD, Chosen as Chief Medical Officer for Nebraska Health Network

Published: July 29, 2015

OMAHA - The Nebraska Health Network (NHN) is proud to announce that Dr. Michael Romano has been appointed to the role of Chief Medical Officer. He will begin his duties in August.

Dr. Romano has been actively involved in the organization since its inception, serving most recently as president of the NHN board, a role he will relinquish in order to step into his new position.

“Having served as our board president Dr. Romano has extensive knowledge on the foundation of the Nebraska Health Network, has been instrumental in developing key priorities and defining initiatives,” said Lee Handke, chief executive officer of the NHN. “Dr. Romano will be able to utilize his experience, knowledge and understanding of the local health care market to drive physician communication, engagement and clinical integration throughout our network.”

Dr. Romano has strong ties to the Omaha metro community having received his medical degree and residency training from Creighton University and his masters in healthcare administration from Bellevue University.. He is board-certified in family medicine, with additional certifications in hospice & palliative medicine.

Dr. Romano served the Council Bluffs community for nearly 30 years as a family practice physician and as chief medical officer for Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital.

“I am very honored to continue to work with the NHN in this expanded capacity,” Dr. Romano said. “Over the past few years I have seen great strides taken between our health systems and our providers to collaborate on care delivery. Our vision is to improve the health of the community by delivering high-quality, affordable and accessible health care and I am excited to be a part of this ambitious task.”

 The Nebraska Health Network is an accountable care organization formed in 2010 between Methodist Health System and Nebraska Medicine. As an accountable care organization, the NHN is a network of physicians and health systems that share financial and medical responsibility for coordinating care to patients. The NHN is governed by a 12-member board that includes physicians and the chief financial officers from both health systems. The NHN boasts over 1,300 providers, over 300 primary care physicians, six acute care hospitals and varying post-acute and other ancillary services.