Local Physician Succumbs to COVID-19

According to a press release from Great Plains Health, a longtime local physician, Leland Lamberty, MD, died Saturday, September 12 due to complications of COVID-19. “Dr. Lamberty was loved and respected by all who worked with him,” said Mel McNea, Great Plains Health chief executive officer. “His presence on our medical staff and in the community will be missed. He was a visionary, a mentor and a friend to many. He truly loved practicing medicine and serving his patients and it showed.” Dr. Lamberty’s Covid-19 condition is believed to be the result of community-spread. He was a firm believer in the effectiveness of personal protective equipment and never wavered from wearing it while serving patients in the clinic.

Dr. Lamberty established Family Medicine Associates in 1973. He built a thriving practice and truly helped grow primary care in North Platte. He recruited several partners over the years, including Dr. Janet Bernard, who joined the practice in 1985 and worked alongside Dr. Lamberty for over 30 years. In 2018, Dr. Lamberty led the clinic through a formal partnership with Great Plains Health. “For nearly fifty years, Dr. Lamberty has been a pillar in our healthcare community,” said Dr. Michael Simonson, Great Plains Health chief of staff. “He cared deeply about his patients and the practice of medicine. This was evident in his practice, his staff and in his everyday work with patients. He will truly be missed.” “Dr. Lamberty had several generations of North Platte community residents under his care,” said Dr. Emily Jones, Great Plains Health family medicine physician. “While Dr. Lamberty can never be replaced, we will continue to care for his patients with the level of care that he would be proud of.”