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Shannon Sorensen is very familiar with Brown County Hospital as she had been the director of the rehabilitation services department for over 4 years. She brings enthusiasm and dedication to our teamwork approach, as well as great leadership skills to the facility.  
Shannon grew up in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, received her BS in Health Sciences from Chadron State College and her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She is involved in a variety of organizations and activities including American Physical Therapy Association, Nebraska Physical Therapy Association, NCIP Leadership Challenge Team, and PEO International, Chapter BM.
Shannon is married to Eric and they have 2 sons, Tatum and Payton. She likes to scrapbook and the entire family enjoys many outdoor activities including camping, fishing and hunting. 
You may contact Shannon at the hospital, (402)-387-2800 or by email: ceo@browncountyhospital.org


Matt Lentz, as the Director of Patient Services, is responsible for the planning, directing, supervising and evaluation of nursing.

Matt grew up in Ainsworth and received his Associates Degree of Nursing from Central Community College, Bacherlors of General Studies from the University of Nebraska Kearney, and his Masters of Science in Nursing from the University of Phoenix.  His is also currently a member of the Nebraska Nurses Association.

Matt is married to Jennifer and they have three children, Graham, Stella and Iris.  His hobbies and activities include spending time with family, reading and outdoor activities.


Lisa Wood is the Chief Financial Officer (CFO), responsible for all the financial operations and planning at the hospital.   Lisa joined the BCH team in 2014 and brings a wealth of experience to Brown County Hospital, as she has 25+ years of healthcare financial management in facilities ranging in size from Critical Access Hospitals to a large tertiary hospital.   Over the course of her career Lisa has found that her passion and expertise is to be working in a small, community hospital.  Couple this with growing up in rural western Nebraska, Lisa will tell you that “Brown County Hospital is perfect for me!”

Lisa is married to Larry and they have two grown daughters, Cassie and Stephanie, and one daughter at home, Jayme.  When not at work, Lisa enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, outdoor activities, or simply relaxing with a good book.

Lisa received her Bachelor Degree in Management and Accounting from Chadron State College and her Master of Business Administration from the University of Tennessee.    Lisa is an active member of Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) and is certified by HFMA as a Certified Healthcare Financial Professional (CHFP).

You may contact Lisa by calling (402) 387-2800 or by email cfo@browncountyhospital.org


Lisa Fischer, RHIT, is the head of the Human Resource Department. Lisa is here to assist employees with employee relations, benefits, payroll and other general policies. She also oversees the Health Information Management department and obtained her Registered Health Information Technology degree in September of 1985.

Lisa has been with the Brown County Hospital since August of 1980.


Eastern Montana College – Billings, MT
Independent Study Program – AHIMA – Chicago, IL


American Health Information Management Association
Nebraska Health Information Management Association
Nebraska Healthcare Marketers


Golf, camping, scrapbooking and spending time with family and friends.   Lisa’s husband Ben ranches near Bassett. She has two step-sons and a daughter in-law, Corby & Jennifer and Lucas, and 4 grandchildren, Harlee, Isley, Wyatt and Leighton. 

You may contact Lisa at (402)387-2800 or by e-mail: lfischer@browncountyhospital.org


John Gross - Chairman

John was appointed to the board Jan 1,2005
John Gross was born at the Brown County Hospital.

Education: University of Nebraska-Curtis, NE

John worked in the oil fields in the Western part of the United States. Since 1984, he has operated the family owned Gross Seed Company. John purchased the family business from his mother in 1986. Gross Seed Company has served the local farmers and ranchers since the mid 1960's.

In the 1990's Gross Seed Company began environmental contracting. Currently serving the Sandhills, with retail and agricultural seeds, as well as environmental contracting.

John is married and has 4 children. His wife Peggy works at the Brown County Court House in the Assessor's office. Children; Sheena of Lincoln, NE, is currently an RN at Bryan LGH.  Kelsei and Keanna attend Chadron State College and Taylor attends Ainsworth High School.

John's grandmother, Ruby Jackson, was one of the original RN's at the old Brown County Hospital on North Main Street.

Hobbies: Fishing and riding his motorcycle.

John can be reached at: 402-722-4215

Ryan Welke

Ryan Welke was appointed to the board in January 2013.

Ryan is a life long resident of Brown County.  He graduated from Ainsworth Community Schools and has pursued his career in ranching.  Ryan is currently self employed, ranching in Brown and Cherry counties.

Ryan is a Brown County volunteer firefighter, member of Elks Lodge #1790 and the Sandhills Cattle Association.

Ryan looks forward to serving the community as a member of the Brown County Hospital Board.

Ryan can be reached at 402-760-0510.

Mike Schrad - Treasurer

Mike Schrad was appointed to the Board in January of 2011.  He has been a resident of Ainsworth for the past 23 years.  Mike has been a State Farm Agent for 25 years.

Education: Doane College, Bacelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration.

Mike is married, his wife's name is Dianah and he has three grown children.

Mike was previously a Hospital Administrator at the Niobrara Valley Hospital in Lynch and the Webster County Hospital in Red Cloud.  He is excited about being a member of the Board and looks forward to working with the team and being a part of the Brown County Hospital.

Mike can be reached at 402-387-0184 


Ann Fiala - Secretary

Ann was appointed to the Board in June 2011.

Education:  Wayne State College, University of Phoenix

A resident of Brown County for 34 years, Ann has been the Administrator of Ainsworth's assisted living, CottonwoodVilla, since its opening in 2000.  She is a volunteer EMT and firefighter with Brown County Ambulance Association and Ainsworth Fire Department since 1998 and has been a member of the State of Nebraska Board of Emergency Medical Services since January 2008.  Ann is also a 10 year volunteer on the State of Nebraska Troop B Critical Incident Stress Management team for emergency responders and served perviously as a member of the State Trauma Board for Region I.

Ann is married and has two children.

Ann is looking forward to serving Brown County as a hospital board member and hopes to be an asset to the continued success of Brown County Hospital..

Ann can be reached at 402-760-2580.