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Great Plains Health is a small hospital system in a part of Nebraska surrounded by agriculture, railroads, and retail distribution. But that doesn’t mean it’s powerless — in fact, the system is a highly profitable, influential mainstay in the area.

At the center of Great Plains Health is a 116-bed hospital that offers services like neurosurgery, cancer care, and interventional cardiology. But it can’t do open-heart procedures. Those are reserved for hospitals in Omaha or Denver.


It’s the type of hospital the pandemic presumably would have crushed and put on the brink of closure, especially when elective procedures were brought to a halt. But Great Plains Health has never lost a dime from patient care since the pandemic started (federal subsidies helped immensely).

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