Join us after work May 1 from 5:30-7:30 pm at the OneWorld Livestock Exchange campus (30th and L St.)! New this year is “Diapers for Drinks;” bring a new package of diapers and get a free drink ticket! Also new this year is a special Tequila Tasting sponsored by the Mexican Consulate of Omaha! Thank you to all of our sponsors and drink and food donors!!
2014 Cinco de Mayo
Enjoy music, food and drinks! All proceeds benefit the Baby Boutique at OneWorld, providing new baby items for our littlest patients. Bring a new package of diapers for the OneWorld Baby Boutique and get a free drink ticket!
- Thursday, May 1, 5:30-7:30
- Historic Livestock Exchange Campus, 30th and L St., Northeast parking lot
- Tickets: $25 per person and include 2 drink tickets
- New this year: Tequila tasting $5!
Dr. Anpo Charging Thunder graduated from UNMC Medical School in 2008. She finished her UNMC Family Medicine residency in 2011 and saw patients at OneWorld between 2007 and 2011.
Dr. Charging Thunder then moved to the Nebraska Panhandle where she practiced for two years at the Community Action Program of Western Nebraska Community Health Clinic and Regional West Medical Center hospital in Scottsbluff, Nebraska.
Dr. Charging Thunder is a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. Her mother is Carol Iron Rope Herrera and her father is Tillo Suarez Herrera. She is married to Dave Charging Thunder and they have six children ranging in age from 6 to 24 years. They also have two grandchildren, aged 10 months and 18 months.
Dr. Charging Thunder returned to Omaha to be closer to family and came back to OneWorld because, she said, “community health is where my heart is and OneWorld has always made me feel welcome and as part of the family.”
Dr. Katherine Kusek, D.D.S. graduated from Creighton Dental School in 2011 and began her private practice in Albion, Nebraska in 2012. Dr. Kusak volunteered at OneWorld between 2007 and 2011.
Outside of work, Dr. Kusak likes to read, go on walks, and bake with her mother and sister. “I make pies, my sister makes cookies, and my mother makes everything!” she said.
“I was drawn to OneWorld by the opportunity to work with the most diverse population that Omaha has to offer. I am also excited about the possibility to work with other skilled and caring dentists,” Dr. Kusak said.
A Look Back and a Look Ahead
A very happy New Year to all of our friends, colleagues and patients! I’d like to take this opportunity to reflect on the past year and to give you a peek as to what the future brings for OneWorld.
2013 was a year of tremendous growth! We completed the expansion at the Historic Livestock Exchange building creating a campus and are all settled in. We also opened a new clinic in West Omaha that cares for hundreds of people in a part of the city that most don’t associate with having a lack of access to medical care. With this development, we’ve added jobs and are caring for more people than ever before.
We opened another School Based Health Center at Bryan High School and the Learning Community Center moved to the bright and colorful new space that once housed the South Omaha Library. We formed new partnerships and operate a clinic, Crossroads to Health and Recovery, in partnership with Community Alliance. The progress is exhilarating and there is no denying the important role that your support played in these achievements.
As we look forward to 2014, we can expect continued growth as we further our mission of providing quality health care to everyone, with special attention to the underserved. We have plans to open another OneWorld clinic in Northwest Omaha in March and our main clinic at the Livestock Exchange will be getting a re-fresh to improve patient care and update the look of the clinic. Again, thank you for your continued support of OneWorld!
Nurse Practitioner Mary Kay Meagher wanted a position working with the Hispanic population and came to the Indian-Chicano Center in 1990. “It was essentially a volunteer, store-front free clinic,” she said, “but it was an integral part of the community and growing quickly.” Initially run by Lutheran Family Services, it became clear that for continued growth and stability, a paid executive director would need to be hired, “so they hired me as Executive Director/Nurse Practitioner!” Meagher explained.
What started as a store-front at 20th and Martha, with four rooms, a waiting room and an office, has grown into a first-class Community Health Center known as OneWorld. “I asked Dr. Daniel Dietrich to be the medical director, and we worked really hard to get licensed and to raise the standards and quality of care. It was incredibly exciting,” she added. Dr. Dietrich passed away in 2013, and was honored posthumously for his work at this year’s Milagro dinner.
The clinic began with dental services and volunteer family practice for medical services two evenings a week providing services such as prenatal care and pediatrics. “I was always looking for connections…we really grew and there was great demand for our services,” said Meagher. Enter Community Vision, an organization that eventually became Alegent Health. “They had the money that we needed and we had the connections that they needed and we were able to move into a much larger and upgraded space at 24th and Martha Streets,” she explained. “Soon afterwards, a woman came in who wanted to work as a nurse practitioner. That woman was Eloise Poyner, who has been here now for 20 years, and the Board worked to hire her on a part time basis.” Another woman, Dr. Kris McVea, our current Chief Medical Officer, was looking for a place for her UNMC residents and services again expanded.
Meagher says that what is now OneWorld came together because of the work of a lot of people and she realized that growth would be impossible without someone who was focused on raising money and administration, so the role of executive director was split. She left the clinic for a missionary work in Bolivia, then came back and began teaching at Creighton University College of Nursing. “I needed to be in practice in order to be on the faculty, so I came back to the clinic part time. When I retired from teaching four years ago, Dr. McVea offered me a position with the School Based Health Centers. I stay with OneWorld because the mission is part of my DNA. The mission doesn’t just hang on the wall, it’s alive in the staff here at OneWorld.”
Joey Loth knew she couldn’t ignore her symptoms any longer. She had been waiting to sign up for coverage through the Affordable Care Act, but after searching her symptoms on line, she knew she couldn’t wait.
She pulled into the OneWorld clinic on 120th and L and was greeted by operations specialist Rosemary Miranda, who got her in to see Dr. Katie Sagrero, O.D. When Joey left, her diagnosis was devastating: stage 3 colon cancer.
A week later, she returned to OneWorld to get help with the overwhelming torrent of procedures and bills. Rosemary quickly swung into action and connected Joey to the resources she would need to make it through her treatment and recovery.
Joey is currently being treated at Methodist through the Hope Medical Outreach Coalition, a group of Omaha physicians who donate their time and services to people who need it.
“Everyone has been so incredible,” said Joey. “OneWorld checks on me all the time. I don’t know what I would do without them!” she said.
“With everything that’s happened in the last 5 years in this country, a lot of people have lost their health care,” Joey explained. “They don’t realize that OneWorld is there to help them.”
Joey has finished her first round of chemotherapy and radiation and will undergo surgery shortly. Then she’ll have another four to six months of chemo after that. Despite her challenges, Joey is amazingly upbeat. “I’m at peace with my diagnosis and my prognosis is good. I’m very lucky to have found OneWorld and I’m incredibly grateful.”
Cass Family Medicine will operate out of a mobile clinic in the parking lot behind the original clinic at 409 Main St. in Plattsmouth, beginning Wednesday, January 15. The clinic, along with other businesses was destroyed in a fire on January 3. A temporary clinic location will be open in about two weeks at 429 Main Street. A permanent home is being sought in Plattsmouth.
The mobile clinic is being loaned by the College of Nursing at UNMC. “As a thank you to the community, we are waiving our sliding scale fee for those who visit the mobile clinic,” said Dr. Kristine McVea, OneWorld Community Health Center Chief Medical Officer. “We are very grateful to the College of Nursing at UNMC for allowing us to use their mobile clinic.”
Kim Lambrecht, Cass Family Medicine Clinic Manager, said the support of the local community in Plattsmouth has been crucial to the recovery effort. “Jennifer and Robert Roby, owners of the River House Café, deserve a special thank you for opening their doors the night of the fire to the community. Their thoughtfulness gave us a warm place to gather our thoughts and put together a plan of action of what we were going to do next. Our staff is very eager to get back to the Plattsmouth community to see our patients again. The mobile unit will allow us to be able to reach out to the patients until our temporary site is available.”
For more information, please call 402-296-2345.
On January 3, 2014 Cass Family Medicine, a clinic of OneWorld Community Health Centers in Plattsmouth, Nebraska, was severely damaged by fire. The clinic, located at 409 Main St. was one of several businesses damaged. Fortunately, no one was hurt. Cass Family Medicine patients will be able to receive care with their current medical provider at the OneWorld clinic located at Livestock Exchange Campus, 4930 S. 30th St. in Omaha. The number to call for appointments is 402-296-2345.
Everyone at OneWorld Community Health Centers is deeply saddened by the loss of businesses and property during the recent fire on Main Street. Our hearts go out to everyone who is affected by the fire. We want to assure you that Cass Family Medicine is dedicated to the Plattsmouth community and we will rebuild.