Passion Spotlight

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A Holistic Approach to Employee Wellness

Gratitude, faith, and an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) helped Molly Billings, director of HR operations at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE), through the loss of her mom in September of 2022. When her mom passed away, Billings immediately reached out to the EAP offered to BCBSNE employees. […]

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An Angel on Earth: A Caring Nurse’s Outreach

Last winter, the Omicron variant of COVID-19 was surging, filling hospitals and alarming heath authorities worldwide. Meanwhile, Jim Sanderson of Hastings, Nebraska, was hard at work pursuing his passion as a singer-songwriter. Sanderson crossed paths with COVID-19 in January 2022, and his condition turned severe. He was hospitalized at Hastings’ […]

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Wellness is More than a New Year’s Resolution

After months of holiday treats and cups of cheer, many of us find ourselves setting ambitious health goals for the year ahead. A few might even see those goals survive until February.  Caroline Kahnk makes a living helping colleagues keep their resolutions and enjoy the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. […]

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Personalized Pregnancy Care from a Caring Heart

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 […]

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Ignite Nebraska: Blazing a Path to a More Equitable World

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 […]

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A Voice for Others Leads to Unexpected Impactful Actions

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 […]

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The Power of Care at your Fingertips With Marvelous Results

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 […]

Geri and Bob’s Proven 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 […]

Raising the bar without skipping a beat

Grant Petersen is stronger than he looks. At just 10 years old, he is a Nebraska weightlifting champion with sights set on going to the Olympics someday. “I’m always trying to lift more than myself,” Grant said about what motivates him. At Nationals in December 2020, that meant a 21-kilo […]