As Grand Island’s medical community continues to expand, a new clinic is adding education and community to its practice to create a comprehensive approach to wellness.

Nadia McCann is the owner of McCann Medical Clinic at 2820 East Highway 34. Final touches are being made for its official opening on Monday, Dec. 3.

“We have great health care providers in this community,” McCann said. “But with being a small clinic, I want to develop and build that provider/client relationship which essential.”

McCann is a family nurse practitioner, with 15 years of experience in healthcare, She has specialized in providing primary care for people of all ages.

She started her journey in health care as a nurse’s aide when she was 16. She was born in Kearney and attended the University of Nebraska Medical Center at Kearney where she received a nursing degree in 2003. She worked as an RN in a variety of fields. McCann said he later received her master’s degree in nursing from the University of Kansas Medical Center. That is when she became a nurse practitioner. She also received a degree in education from Baker University.

At the core of her practice is the belief that healthcare should be personalized toward the individual patient that meets each patient’s specific needs.

“To me, it is about building that relationship,” she said. “That is important because it creates a continuity of care with the client. When they know you and your team care that is when they decide to make those changes that are beneficial to their long-term health. You can’t make it for them. You can only give them the tools and the support. That is when you start to see a change in people.”

McCann said when a health care provider can build a personal relationship with the client, it helps builds their self-worth.

“They know that they can count on you and your team and they know that your care,” she said. “We want to restore the sacred patient-provider relationship and look forward to treating the whole patient, not just their current symptoms.”

What inspires McCann and her staff is not only the joy of nursing and the love of community but their dedication to helping others with their healthcare. She said that is why she decided to open her own family practice.

Along with McCann, she and her trained medical professionals have more than 55 years of experience between them. In addition to McCann’s degrees, Linda Burnett, a certified medical assistant, is the clinic’s part-time nurse; Holly Allen, a licensed practical nurse, is the clinic’s full-time nurse; and Stacey Kirk is the office manager.

Among the services the clinic providers, are:

n Physicals: They perform adult and child wellness exams, pre-op and immigration physicals, and can treat acute conditions like colds, sore throats, urinary tract infections and childhood illnesses.

n Chronic disease management: McCann said treatment isn’t just about what you are feeling now, but what steps can be taken to lessen the effects of chronic conditions.

n Pain management: McCann said that through medications and other specific treatments, they can help the client reduce their pain and get them feeling well again.

n Minor procedures: McCann Medical Clinic provides minor medical procedures like stitches and the removal of toenails and warts, and IUD’s.

Along with treating her clients for what ails them, McCann said she also wants to provide health education for the community.

“We believe that healthcare isn’t just about the current treatment, but also the education that helps lead to a healthier life,” she said.

As part of that outreach, McCann said she plans to offer wellness classes that are open to the public on current health concerns. The classes will meeti on Tuesday and Thursday. Each month, the classes will cover wellness topics, such as diabetes.

McCann said that is part of her concept of comprehensive care. She said that many times the health provider treats the symptoms. But through education, she hopes to educate the public about what causes those ailments, such as chronic diseases, and teach people to be more proactive about their health.

For McCann and her staff, being part of Grand Island and the area’s medical community is also being part of the community as a whole.

McCann has been an active member of the community for years both volunteering her time and resources to help those in need. She has participated in Project Homeless Connect, is an annual volunteer with the Salvation Army’s Community Thanksgiving Dinner, actively promotes physical activity and self-esteem with school children, is a leader with the Boy Scouts of America, along with participating in many more community events and with charity organizations.

“We are not only dedicated to your care but to our community as well,” she said.

As part of the clinic’s commitment to community and wellness, McCann said she wants to start a community garden on the acreage where her clinic is located.

McCann Medical Clinic accepts most major medical insurance, including Nebraska Medicaid and Medicare, and offers a convenient self-pay option for uninsured patients.

The clinic is open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, and 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday. The clinic is closed Saturday and Sunday.

For more information, contact the clinic at (308) 210-2025 or visit it its website at

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