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Mission Statement
NPQIC seeks to improve the delivery of and access to evidence-based health care for all Nebraska mothers and newborns.
• We will engage all stakeholders statewide.
• We will identify opportunities to optimize measurable perinatal outcomes and implement initiatives for a sustained improvement.
• We will reduce the impact of premature birth statewide.
• We will be good stewards of the financial resources committed to the work of the organization and will allocate our resources across the
entire state of Nebraska to achieve the best possible outcomes.

Board of Directors

Ann L Anderson Berry, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Pediatrics, UNMC
Medical Director, NICU and Newborn Nursery, Nebraska Medicine
Robert Bonebrake, MD FACOG
Maternal-fetal Medicine
Perinatal Center, Methodist Women’s Hospital

Deb Esser MD, MMM, FAAFP
VP Medical Policy and Quality Medical Director
BCBS of Nebraska
Kathy Karsting, RN, MPH
Program Manager, Maternal Child Adolescent Health
NE DHHS Division of Public Health

Sean Kenny, MD FACOG
Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Bryan Health
Sue Korth, BSN, MPH, PhD
VP and COO
Methodist Women’s Hospital

Steve Lazoritz, MD
Medical Director
WellCare of Nebraska
Dale Mahlman
Executive Vice President
Nebraska Medical Association

Leann Heinrichs, M.D.
Chief of Medical Staff
Thayer County Health Services
John W. Sparks, M.D
Chair Department of Pediatrics,
Carol Remmer Angle, MD, Presidential Chair of Pediatrics, and Associate Dean for Pediatric Affairs

Lisa Strasheim, MSN, APRN, NNP-BC
Division Director- Women’s Health
CHI Health

Lisa White, MD
Medical Director: Division of Medicaid and Long-Term Care, Nebraska Department of Health & Human Resources

BJ Wilson, Jr., MD
Medical Director NICU
CHI Saint Elizabeth

Tom Williams, MD
Chief Medical Officer & Director of the Division of Public Health,
Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services

Abby M. Saunders, MS, PLMHP, PLADC
Therapist, Heartland Family Service
Consumer Advocate

Operations Office:

Ann Anderson Berry, MD, PhD, Medical Director
• Robert Bonebrake, MD, Medical Director

• Peggy Brown, DNP, RN, CPHQ, Program Administrator
• Kamilla Gazieva, MBA, MHS, Program Coordinator

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