Leadership

Derek Vance, FACHE, President, CHI Health St. Elizabeth and Nebraska Heart

Derek started at St. Elizabeth/Nebraska Heart in November 2017. He has 18 years of health care leadership experience, most recently serving as CEO of the LewisGale Hospital in Pulaski, Virginia. A graduate of Brigham Young University with a degree in management, Vance received a master’s in health administration from Ohio State University. He is an accomplished CEO who sees the most important part of his job as driving a positive culture of high engagement.

Michael Rapp, MD, FACS, Vice President of Medical Operations

Dr. Rapp has been the VP of Medical Operations for St. Elizabeth since February, 2017. He is a strong proponent for physicians and has held several medical leadership roles at St. Elizabeth, UniNet, CHI Health and in Lancaster County. Dr. Rapp practiced as an ENT physician in Lincoln from 1991-2017. In addition, to this role, he also serves as the UniNet Medical Director for the Lincoln Chapter.

Dan Schonlau, Vice President of Operational Finance

Dan Schonlau has more than 20 years of health care finance experience. He is Vice President of Operational Finance for both St. Elizabeth and Nebraska Heart and provides financial leadership support for the hospitals’ business operations, growth initiatives and financial performance improvement initiatives.

Cary Reimers, RN, MSN, Vice President of Patient Care Services

Cary began her career in health care as a labor and delivery nurse with CHI Health. For the past 12 years, she has served in various leadership roles across the organization, ultimately becoming the VP of Patient Care Services at Creighton University Medical Center from 2015-2017. Under her steady leadership, Cary was instrumental in transitioning CUMC into the Academic Medical Center we see today. In 2017, Cary joined the St. Elizabeth team as the new VP of Patient Care Services. Cary is a recognized leader with a depth and breadth of clinical expertise and a heart for doing the very best for our patients.

Eva Priebe, Senior Human Resources Business Partner

Eva has significant experience in Human Resources and Leadership. She is the Human Resource Business Partner for both St. Elizabeth and Nebraska Heart Hospital and partners with leaders to build a positive culture of highly accountable people who serve to impact our Employee, Physician and Patient Experience.