Louis W. Burgher , M.D. , has been named president and chief executive officer of the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce , succeeding the retiring C.R. Bob Bell , who has held the post since 1988
.The president is a full-time staff position.Burgher
resignation as president and chief executive officer of Nebraska Health System Nov.22.He
assumes the Chamber post on or around July 1.---Full Story---
We knew we were not looking for someone to replace Bob Bell , because I don't think that's possible , but Lou Burgher
is someone who has a proven business track record who can bring a unique and innovative approach to the business community and to the Chamber.Lou
has the utmost respect and confidence of the CEOs of both major and smaller companies in this town.His
vision , leadership and business acumen were key factors in the creation of Nebraska Health System and in its continued success in the last three years.
Omaha is on the verge of becoming the premier venue for business and industry in the Heartland and I look forward to showcasing its potential , said Burgher
.With the new convention center , growth in downtown and other areas of the city , I know this will be a challenging and rewarding position..Burgher , 56 , was named president and CEO of Nebraska Health System with the merger of Clarkson and University hospitals on Oct
.1 , 1997.He was president and CEO of Clarkson Hospital prior to the merger and previously served as vice president of medical affairs for Clarkson
.He is a graduate of the University of Nebraska , University of Nebraska College of Medicine and studied for two years at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine under a National Institutes of Health Fellowship
.He also holds a Ph.D. in medical sciences from University of Nebraska Medical Center
A native of Centerville , Iowa , Burgher
grew up near McCook , Neb. , and practiced pulmonary and critical care medicine for more than 20 years in Omaha.He serves on the boards of the Chamber , Durham Western-Heritage Museum , Joslyn Art Museum and University HealthSystem Consortium
.He is a member of the United States Strategic Command Consultation Committee and a trustee of the Boy Scouts of America
.He continues to serve as professor of medicine at UNMC and as president of Clarkson Regional Health Services , which includes the Bishop Clarkson Foundation
wife , Susan , reside near Fort Calhoun , Neb. He
is the father of three daughters and one son.
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