Kim Russel came to Lincoln with her husband, Dr. Dirk Brom, to head the Bryan Health organization. They’ve fallen in love with the community for a wide variety of reasons.
“We’d been here for about 6 weeks, we were taking a walk near Holmes Lake and we stopped and said, ‘We could retire here.’ What a wonderful community. I’m impressed with the Lied Center, the Lied’s education focus, First Friday, the bike and hiking trails. There’s just something for everyone here.”
Bryan Health is the largest non-government employer in Lincoln. The nearly 5,000 employees run two hospitals in Lincoln, and smaller hospitals in Crete and Central City.
While Russel has been President of the Bryan Health organization, she’s also gotten involved in the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce, Blueprint Nebraska and the Community Health Endowment among other organizations. She notes that the Community Health Endowment is seeking to make Lincoln the healthiest community in the nation.
Bryan Health is the largest non-government employer in Lincoln. It’s a locally owned non-profit organization with two hospital facilities in Lincoln and two small rural hospitals in Crete and Central City.
Russel is an Ohio native and is married with two step children. Since coming to Lincoln in 2008 she’s observed a community that is vibrant and growing. She noted, “When I first came to Lincoln, there was a conversation about whether or not to build the arena. To me the vote on that ballot was a referendum on whether we want the community to grow and progress. To see it pass as it did with such a collection of different interest groups is a strong statement for the future.”
When you give back to a cause outside of yourself, it's a win win for the community.
Running for Office
Another striking aspect of Nebraska is how many people holding office are relatively young. The fact that we have so many young folks involved helps us end up with very positive things.
Bryan Health Boards
Over the years we've had a history of having outstanding board members who govern this very complex healthcare organization. They bring unique perspectives helping guide us into the future.
Diversity in Lincoln
Lincoln serves as a refugee and immigration center. So many of our organizations and churches do so much to welcome folks. I'm very proud of our community for doing that. Bryan often serves as an early opportunity for employment for immigrants and refugees.