Dr. Lou Burgher
This year's community service award will go to Dr. Lou Burgher
Dr. Burgher received his B.S. from the University of Nebraska and his M.D. from the University's College of Medicine, along with the additional degrees of master and doctor of philosophy in medical science.
residency in internal medicine at the University of Nebraska
was followed by a National Institute of Health Fellowship in Pulmonary Disease at Mayo Graduate School of Medicine
has a unique combination of administrative, operational, medical and civic expertise.
His early career achievements include founding member, Internal Medicine Associates, P.C., a 45-physician multi-specialty group in Omaha, Ne.; division chief of pulmonary medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center; president of the National Association of Medical Directors for Respiratory Care in Chevy Chase, Md.; and medical director for Nebraska Blue Cross/Blue Shield.
In 1997 Dr. Burgher was named president and chief executive officer of Nebraska Health System, a health network consisting of four Omaha hospitals and over 20 additional sites in a multi-state area.
responsibilities encompassed 850 available beds, $650 million in revenues, 5,500 employees and 1,000 physicians.
took on a new challenge in 2001 as president and chief executive officer of the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce the United States
Working with local and national business leaders, Dr. Burgher
directed the Chamber's complete array of economic, business development, public policy, government relations and community betterment activities.
Today, he is the President of Clarkson College.
is the author of numerous professional articles, studies and abstracts.
is a strong Christian leader and his
community service includes board and officer positions for leading non-profit and service organizations.