Our Passion

Personalized Pregnancy Care

Jenny Hemmer was always interested in health care. “For a while, I wanted to be a doctor,” she said. “I’m an empathetic personality. I like to help people.” That caring heart led her to fulfilling work as a nurse in Omaha for over ten years. But overnight shifts and unpredictable […]

Active Movement for a Cause

People come from all walks of life with their own values, ethics, and traditions. In 2020, Air Force veteran Jay Miralles launched a powerful movement to raise awareness about the hardships that veterans face. With an initial idea to raise $2,500 for a military-based nonprofit, the question of how to […]

Ignite Nebraska: an Ember to a Flame

Ignite Nebraska began with the ending of a dream and the start of a new one. One night, Joni Wheeler awoke with an idea to solve a far-reaching problem: Many people who are active in the workforce are under-resourced and cannot achieve financial stability. Despite working full-time, they do not […]

Strength in Numbers

Many top employers in the U.S. have made great strides toward prioritizing diversity and inclusion for employees. But ensuring every single individual within an organization feels truly valued and heard goes far beyond compliance with programs such as affirmative action. It requires a constant commitment from everyone in the company […]

A Voice for Others

Providing leadership opportunities for youth has long been recognized as an effective way to help develop character, build solid communications skills, and encourage personal growth. That’s been the Boys Town approach for more than 100 years. In fact, the Village of Boys Town has its own government system that was […]

Community of Camaraderie

Most people have experienced a degree of trauma in their life, and some of these traumas can leave a lasting impact and change their behavior. When you serve in the military, exposure to various traumas can lead to veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD.) While there are many ways […]

The Power of Care at your Fingertips

For as long as she can remember, Jillian Ridpath had a passion for helping others. Her caring nature and ability to connect with people led her to find her true calling. As a nurse health coach at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE), Ridpath helps members navigate their […]

Holidays with Heart

For most people, the holidays invoke warm feelings of gathering around a table for a special meal, exchanging gifts, and spending time with loved ones. But for many of the boys and girls at Boys Town, they haven’t had those same opportunities prior to living there. That’s why Boys Town […]

Geri and Bob’s Road to a Healthy Retirement

The crunch of a gravel road and rolling fields spotted with cattle and crops lead visitors to Geri and Bob Burianek’s home, nestled between Crete and Pleasant Dale, Nebraska. Here, they built their life together on farmland owned by their family for more than 100 years. Geri and Bob have […]

Taking the Wheel to Improve Health and Inspire Others

Doug Palank has been comfortable behind the wheel of a bus since age 18. But he didn’t get in the driver’s seat of his own health journey until 2018. “There was a season in my life where a conversation about health wouldn’t have made any sense,” said Palank. “I referred […]